MRI donations keep coming
Thousands of dollars are continuing to pour into the Aoraki MRI Trust despite it reaching its $3 million target five months ago.
One of the most recent donations is $12,000 from the Springbrook School and Community Trust.
The trust's chairman, Alastair Midgley, said although all money needed for the MRI project had been raised, the committee wanted to do its bit to help with the future upkeep of the machine.
Initially, the school trust aimed to benefit community projects and provide scholarships to young people going off to study. It was set up in 1995, the same year the school closed.
Mr Midgley said many people who were involved with the school had moved from the area so trust members wanted to give the remaining money to a deserving project.
"They thought the MRI was a worthy recipient of the money because the whole community would benefit from it over time."
Other recent donations to the Aoraki MRI Trust include $635 from Waimate Bridge Club, $1548 from The Warehouse, $200 from Lake Pukaki Women's Institute and $800 from a Phoenix Singers concert.
MRI appeal project manager Stacey Scott is amazed by the community's ongoing generosity, despite making it clear to donors that the target has well and truly been reached.
"That's the first conversation I have - I say ‘you realise we've reached [our target]', and they say yes, but they still want to donate.
"It continues to be on the community's mind."
Of the money raised, $1.2m will be spent on the single-storey building, with the remainder going towards the machine and maintenance costs.
Project manager Ross MacDonald said the 200-square-metre building was on target for completion in December.
The wall framing and roof structure will go up over the coming weeks. The building's shell is expected to be completed by mid November, in time for the MRI's arrival later that month. It is scheduled for public use by January.
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