Balclutha Rotary to host South Otago Health Support Trust Sunday brunch fundraiser

New Zealand personality and broadcaster Gary McCormick, right, and his radio partner Simon Barnett.

New Zealand personality and broadcaster Gary McCormick, right, and his radio partner Simon Barnett.

The Balclutha Rotary Club is holding a fundraiser for the South Otago Health Support Trust this month.

New Zealand personality and broadcaster Gary McCormick is the guest speaker at the Sunday brunch event, to be held on October 16, at the South Otago Town and Country Club.

Clutha Leader - Rotary funds trust
Clutha Leader - Mountaineering twins ready for Balclutha

Balclutha Rotary Club member Tania Lowery said the club had chosen to support the charitable trust to acknowledge the work it was doing with the community's most vulnerable people.  

The trust began in 2012, to provide financial assistance and healthcare services via a voucher system for people of all ages with limited financial means.

Trust member and public health nurse Raewyn Snell said it had become obvious in recent years that families were struggling to pay for healthcare.

"When you've got to access funding, there's often very strict criteria, and often people don't fit that criteria."

The charitable trust had helped upwards of 130 people in the district since it started, by helping them access specialist appointments and equipment, scans, follow-up care, physio, transport, and petrol.

Vouchers can be issued up to the value of $100, and can be used at health related businesses in South Otago.

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Funding for the trust is obtained through grants, donations and bequests.  

Tickets are $40 and available from Clutha i-SITE Visitor Information Centre or Johnstone Electrical, at Balclutha.

 - Stuff

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