Rotary donates $100,000 from Carisbrook seat sales

Carisbrook Rotary Project committee member Lindsay Thorburn talks about the fundraising project, which led to $100,000 being presented to Southern District Health Board chief executive Carole Heatly on Saturday. Photo by Linda Robertson.
Carisbrook Rotary Project committee member Lindsay Thorburn talks about the fundraising project, which led to $100,000 being presented to Southern District Health Board chief executive Carole Heatly on Saturday. Photo by Linda Robertson.
The numbers speak for themselves.

From the remains of Carisbrook, dozens of Rotary volunteers removed 23,000 seats fixed by 42,347 nuts and sold them to hundreds of people and organisations from all over New Zealand.

That Carisbrook Rotary Project culminated in a $100,000 cheque being presented to Southern District Health Board chief executive Carole Heatly on Saturday.

Ms Heatly said the money had gone towards the children's ward facility, which now ''sets the bar for the rest of the hospital, and we want the rest of Dunedin Hospital to look as good as the Rotary Children's Ward''.

Project committee member Lindsay Thorburn said the Carisbrook project ''was amazing''.

Dunedin Rotary clubs, alongside those from Milton, Taieri and Mosgiel, worked on the project, which was expected to raise about $290,000 at its conclusion.

In addition to selling seats, organisers were also inundated with people wanting to buy chopping blocks salvaged from the former ground's seats.

Mr Thorburn said it was the most involving project he had ever been part of.

-hamish.mcneilly@odt.co.nz

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