A drive from the northern Coromandel to Thames for an X-ray could soon be a thing of the past with fundraising for a machine in Whitianga under way.
Whitianga Lions Club project committee chairman Malcolm Brown said they had raised about $26,000 of the needed $130,000 without looking too hard. He said the machine was expected to be housed at the Mercury Bay Medical Centre.
Mr Brown said that once the target was achieved, the Lions Club would hand the money to a trust or an incorporated society which would oversee the equipment.
"The doctors will have use of it but they won't make anything out of it as such."
Mr Brown said the set-up would be the same as at Whangamata, where an X-ray machine was looked after by a charitable trust but the community owned it.
If all goes well, the Lions will then set their sights on an ultrasound machine.
Sunday marks the start of active fundraising when an auction will be held at the Whitianga Hotel starting at 11am.
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