Huge donation ‘magnificent’ effort

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A quarter-million dollar donation has added to the excitement of the Maniototo Hospital rebuild, hospital leaders say.

The Maniototo Lions Club and Ranfurly Maniototo Pakeke donated $250,000 to the $7million hospital rebuild last week.

The money will go to the medical centre within the hospital and rest-home complex.

Maniototo Health Services Ltd chairman Stuart Paterson said it was a “magnificent” effort and praised the Lions clubs for their fundraising and securing a contribution from the national and international Lions movements.

Maniototo Lions Club president John Mulholland said the clubs had raised $113,000 over the past 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 31-bed hospital and rest-home should be completed by Christmas, and it was hoped residents and patients would be in the facility by February, Mr Paterson said.

He said the complex would become an even more important and well-used “hub” for the Maniototo community, and would house some new services.

The existing rest-home 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.