Irene Mosley and Dr Brian McMahon, from the Neurological
Foundation Southern Chair of Neurosurgery campaign, show
off the decorative tea towel they received after taking
second place at the TrustPower National Community Awards,
in Invercargill. Photo by Gerard O'Brien.
The South's success in raising $3 million to save
neurosurgical services at Dunedin Hospital has been recognised
at the TrustPower National Community Awards, in Invercargill.
The campaign was named runner-up at the awards ceremony, held
at Stadium Southland on Saturday night.
The award recognised the efforts of all those involved in the
Neurological Foundation Southern Chair of Neurosurgery
campaign, project manager Irene Mosley said yesterday.
It acknowledged ''a job well done'' and was ''a fitting
tribute for all involved in this incredible show of just what
can be achieved when the public, businesses and agencies work
together for a common goal,'' she said.
The campaign was launched in January 2012 - backed by the
Otago Daily Times and The Southland Times - and
raised $3 million in just 10 months.
The proceeds supported the country's first academic
neurosurgery unit and, in turn, made the Dunedin Hospital
neurosurgery department viable, ensuring the southern service
remained in Dunedin.
The campaign was recognised as the supreme winner at the
TrustPower Dunedin Community Awards last year, qualifying it
for the weekend's national award ceremony.
Mistletoe Bay Trust, from the Marlborough District, was named
The award earned the neurosurgical campaign another $1500 in
prize money, as well as a certificate, a $200 voucher from
not-for-profit training provider Exult - and a decorative tea
Mrs Mosley, campaign chairman Dr Brian McMahon and Dunedin
Mayor Dave Cull were at Saturday's award ceremony.
Mr Cull told the gathering it was appropriate the awards were
being held in the South, and that so many southern mayors
were in the room, as they shared the honour.
Dr McMahon said the campaign was the most rewarding community
project he had been involved in after more than 60 years as a