New beds and tilting wheelchair for hospital

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YVONNE O’HARA

yvonne.ohara@alliedpress.co.nz

We gave money for a wheelchair, heavy lifter and ‘Spark of Life’ material to Ranui, about $10,000.new beds and a tilting wheelchair, thanks to former Alexandra Round Table members.

Life member Malcolm Moore said the club originally set up the Gordon Whyte Memorial Award to honour the club’s founding member and his wife, Cynthia, who both died in 1982.

Interest from the fund was used to send a young person to an Outward Bound course each year.

The club stopped meeting in 2012 because of a lack of young members coming through, but the $25,000 fund remained intact and earning interest.

Several former members, including Mr Moore, all of whom belong to the Alexandra 41 Club, decided to close the fund (now at about $30,000) and distribute the money to selected community groups.

“We thought it best to put it to use in the community,” he said.

Mr Moore said they chose the Friends of Dunstan Hospital and Ranui Rest Home.

“We gave money for a wheelchair, heavy lifter and ‘Spark of Life’ material to Ranui, about $10,000.”

The group also gave $19,000 to the hospital for three hospital beds and a tilting wheelchair.

Bob Dawson, of Dunstan Time, donated plaques to be attached to the equipment.

Mr Moore said there was still about $2000 to distribute.

“Maybe there is a youth organisation that might like it?” he said.

Dunstan Hospital chief executive Karyn Penno said the hospital was grateful for the donation.