Shot in the arm for medical centre

JACQUIE WEBBY
Last updated 05:00 25/01/2014
Joy Paterson, Priscilla Cameron and Simon Williamson

CHECK THE PLANS: Joy Paterson, Priscilla Cameron and High Country Medical Centre Trust chairman Simon Williamson check the plans of the proposed new medical centre at Twizel.

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The High Country Medical Trust fundraising drive to build a new medical centre in Twizel was officially launched on Thursday night.

At the function, the fundraising thermometer was revealed, giving a clear message of support for the project.

The goal of $1.8 million received a much needed "shot in the arm" with donations of $20,000, $100,000 and approximately $250,000 from Aoraki Foundation, Trust Aoraki Ltd and the Twizel Wine Club respectively.

To date, the grand total stands at $877,500, or nearly half way toward the amount required.

Until the launch function, the fundraising efforts stood at $507,500 which included about $100,000 received from local community donations and events; a dividend from High Country Health, plus a pledge from the Mackenzie District Council of $330,000, which is the GV for the present medical centre.

Trust chairman Simon Williamson said the trust was encouraged by the ongoing support of the community and district council.

"Being the most isolated medical centre in the country and being 180kms from a hospital, the need for a modern medical centre is paramount," he said.

"This is the first purpose-built community-owned practice in South Canterbury for at least 20 years, and if anyone can do it, the High Country can."

The new medical centre, designed by Parker Warburton Team Architects of Dunedin, will be situated in Mackenzie Dr near the fire and ambulance stations in Twizel.

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