The Kaikoura community has set itself the task of raising close to $3.5 million over the next five years to ensure its new integrated health facility will deliver an adequate service.
A meeting last Tuesday evening attracted about 20 residents, from the business community to volunteer service groups, as well as individuals keen to offer assistance with fundraising ventures.
The estimated cost of the project is $13.4 million, and the Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) has agreed to spend $10m. The shortfall will be underwritten by the Kaikoura District Council, who agreed in principle to the idea during its long-term plan process last year.
Health team representative Dr Andrea Judd told the meeting that the council had agreed to underwrite the shortfall, however they had made it clear the money was ultimately to come from the community.
A Kaikoura Health Facility Charitable Trust has been formed to oversee and administer the funding, and consists of eight members. Another committee was formed on Tuesday and this group will begin looking at potential fundraising initiatives. Their first meeting was scheduled for last night.
Trust chairperson Joe van Rooyen said he was feeling extremely positive after the meeting, both with the turnout and the range of ideas, experiences and skills on offer. The committee was made up of a good mix of these.
"The fact that it is such a diverse group is really great, and people are really looking at the bigger picture. And I know there are other people who are interested who were not able to attend the meeting."
Having new people to the community getting involved was also quite refreshing, he said.
Ideas floated included co-ordinating one big annual event each year for the next five years such as a major dinner and auction or sporting event; annual applications for lottery funding; a promotional stall at the Canterbury A&P Show; and producing an item such as a tea towel or mug to sell to tourists.
It was also suggested that donations could be allocated per room, along with naming rights for that room, or for smaller donations people could buy a tap, curtains or even a doorknob. There could also be the chance for people to buy a building block, and donation boxes would soon be appearing around town.
Kaikoura MP Colin King, who attended the meeting, said people outside Kaikoura would need to be targeted, as many potential users of the facility would be from elsewhere. The hospital was regularly used by travellers.
It is unclear what stake the trust will have in the governance of the facility, and a memorandum of understanding between the CDHB and Kaikoura District Council has yet to be finalised regarding the $3.4m shortfall.
The fundraising committee is: Diane Rossiter, Margaret Hislop, Helen Morton, Jacqui Harnett, Ron Flannery, Trish Flannery, Roz Hills, Colin King, Belinda Rickerby, Graham Lamond and Robyn Lamond.
The account for donations is: Kiwibank, 38-9012-0311632-00, Kaikoura Health Facility Charitable Trust.
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