Getting creative in good cause for town

MATTHEW LITTLEWOOD
Last updated 05:00 30/11/2012

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Twizel will host an array of weird and wonderful wearable creations tonight to raise money for the new medical centre.

More than 20 entries will be on display at the wearable creations event at Poppies Cafe & Restaurant in Twizel.

Poppies co-owner Lyn Walsh said the event had been six months in the preparation.

"We've had a core group of half a dozen volunteers. It's been so much fun putting this together, I've never done anything like this before," she said.

"I've been to the WearableArt Awards in Wellington, and felt it would be great if Twizel could do something similar."

Mrs Walsh said there were a range of themes from the entrants, including conservation, the high country, farming and Middle-earth.

"Most of the entrants were first-timers. We encouraged people just to have a go. People have used all sorts of different materials. One entrant spent months cleaning used bottle-tops for her creation," she said.

About 120 were expected to attend tonight's event, which would also see performances from the local ballet troupe.

Mrs Walsh hoped the event would raise several thousand dollars for the medical centre. Fundraising for the new centre got under way earlier this year, after an agreement was reached between the Mackenzie Medical Trust and High Country Health (HCH), the commercial wing of the trust, over share transfers.

The plan is to replace the present premises, an old Ministry of Works building, with a purpose-built facility featuring four patient rooms, and space for clinics. There are more than 1400 people registered on the centre's books, with demand doubling over the Christmas holidays. The project is expected to cost $1 million.

The fundraising committee wants to raise the money for the centre within the next two years.

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- The Timaru Herald

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