Denis and Cathie McWilliam open the Lions Club of Invercargill Central charity concert in Invercargill yesterday, a fundraiser for the Chair in Neurosurgery campaign. Behind them is Geof Peterson, the bass player with the backing band. Photo by Allison Rudd.
The musical director of a charity concert in Invercargill
yesterday has described the response from audience and
musicians as "excellent".
"We had to put out extra chairs ... and the musicians have
been so good. Everyone has given their time free. They have
been amazing," Judy Knoops said.
About 270 people attended the Lions Club of Invercargill
Central event, a fundraiser for the Chair in Neurosurgery
The afternoon concert featured country singers Margaret
Bates, Allan Barron and Trevor Dawe, along with local
Mrs Knoops said she did not know how much would be raised
from the concert and raffles but expected it would be about
The Chair in Neurosurgery campaign began in January to raise
$3 million to build up a fund to employ a permanent head of
neurosurgery in Dunedin.
Belgian neurosurgeon and brain researcher Dirk De Ridder is
the first appointee and will begin his work in February,
dividing his time equally between clinical work at Dunedin
Hospital for the Southern District Health Board and research
and teaching at the University of Otago.
With just two months to go before the December 31 deadline,
the campaign has raised almost $2.8 million, about $370,000
of that coming from Southland.