Efforts to save neurosurgery services acclaimed

20:10, Mar 23 2014

Efforts to save neurosurgery services in the south have been recognised nationally.

Invercargill hosted the annual Trustpower National Community Awards on Saturday, with South Island organisations taking out both top prizes.

Supreme winner was Marlborough's Mistletoe Bay Trust, while runner-up was Dunedin's Neurological Foundation Southern Chair of Neurosurgery.

Judges were impressed with Mistletoe Bay Trust's newly established eco-village and campground which teaches people about environmental sustainability.

The Neurological Foundation Southern Chair of Neurosurgery was commended for the campaign it ran against the Southern District Health Board's decision to axe local neurosurgical services in 2012 and 2013.

Trust chairman Dr Brian McMahon acknowledged the combined efforts of both The Southland Times and Otago Daily Times, which helped the trust raise $3 million.

"This final acknowledgment of a job well done was a fitting tribute for all involved in this incredible show of just what can be achieved when the public, businesses and agencies work together for a common goal," he said.

In conjunction with a cash prize, the winners also received a copy of the book Born To Be A Fighter by Southland dual national boxer Denny Enright.

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