Gen­eros­ity of res­i­dents praised

Otago Daily Times - - REGIONS - PAM JONES

THE Maniototo Health Ser­vices Ltd chair­man has again praised lo­cal res­i­dents for their con­tri­bu­tion to the hos­pi­tal re­build, fol­low­ing a do­na­tion of a quar­ter of a mil­lion dol­lars from Lions clubs.

Stu­art Pater­son said the Maniototo Lions Club and Ran­furly Maniototo Pakeke do­nated $250,000 to the hos­pi­tal re­build on Thurs­day which would go to the med­i­cal cen­tre within the hos­pi­tal and rest­home com­plex.

He said it was a ‘‘mag­nif­i­cent’’ ef­fort and praised the Lions clubs for both their fundrais­ing and se­cur­ing a con­tri­bu­tion from the in­ter­na­tional Lions move­ment.

Maniototo Lions Club pres­i­dent John Mul­hol­land said the clubs had raised $113,000 over the last five years from projects such as auc­tions, cater­ing and fat lamb com­pe­ti­tions, ini­tially sav­ing the money, ‘‘wait­ing for a big project to give it to’’, and then di­rect­ing all funds raised to the hos­pi­tal re­build.

The Lloyd Mor­gan Trust, the Lions’ na­tional char­i­ta­ble arm, had do­nated $12,000, and Lions Club In­ter­na­tional do­nated

$125,000.

The 26­room hos­pi­tal and resthome should be com­pleted by Christ­mas, and it was hoped res­i­dents and pa­tients would be in the fa­cil­ity by Fe­bru­ary, Mr Pater­son said.

The ex­ist­ing rest­home ‘‘chalet’’ build­ing would be re­fur­bished to house the med­i­cal cen­tre, which would in­clude rooms for Ran­furly’s GP, vis­it­ing spe­cial­ists and al­lied health pro­fes­sion­als, a den­tal room and a Well Child/Ta­mariki Ora area.

PHOTO: PAM JONES

Al­most done . . . Maniototo Health Ser­vices Ltd chair­man Stu­art Pater­son stands in what will be the main lounge of the new Maniototo hos­pi­tal and rest­home fa­cil­ity. Inset: John Mul­hol­land.

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