MRI fund gets boost from union

Last updated 05:00 02/11/2012
Murray Aldridge
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UNION DONATION: Meatworkers Union secretary Murray Aldridge, left, and president Russell Maslin at Silver Fern Farmers of Pareora. The union membership donated $20,000 toward the MRI appeal.

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The Meatworkers Union of Silver Fern Farms in Pareora made good on a $20,000 promise to an MRI scanner appeal this week, adding a sizeable chunk to a successful fundraising campaign.

The $20,000 contribution came from a charitable fund supported by union members, said secretary Murray Aldridge.

"The members thought that it was a very worthwhile cause," he said.

"We all live here and have our families here, and this is something that everyone in the community can benefit from."

Project manager Stacey Scott said the meatworkers' contribution was "an amazing amount of money" to be donated.

"We all still continue to be amazed by how the community continues to donate to the campaign even though we reached our target," she said.

"It just reinforces that health is extremely important to all of us that live here in South Canterbury."

All told, the campaign has raised $3.1 million, exceeding its $2.8 million target.

The extra $300,000 will be held in the Aoraki MRI Trust for future enhancements and an eventual replacement for the scanner at the end of its 10-year life expectancy, she said.

The scanner is on track to be commissioned at the end of January. The machine will arrive in New Zealand once a building is prepared to house it.

The scanner will be lifted into the building by crane, Ms Scott said.

The total cost of the project was $1.6 million for the MRI scanner, $800,000 for the building to house the scanner, $200,000 for staff training and upskilling to use the device and $200,000 for an anaesthetics machine.

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