Centre's knitters thanked for help

Philanthropist Gareth Morgan  meets Radius Fulton Care Centre  residents (from left) Margaret...
Philanthropist Gareth Morgan meets Radius Fulton Care Centre residents (from left) Margaret Warrington, Reta O'Connell, Leslie Morris and Faye Oliver.
Entrepreneur and philanthropist Gareth Morgan is confident he will reach his goal of raising $1 million by Christmas to eradicate mice from the Antipodes Islands.

Mr Morgan visited Dunedin yesterday and dropped in to see residents and staff at the Radius Fulton Care Centre, in Hillside Rd, to thank them for their earlier fundraising support.

He said he had been impressed by their fundraising efforts.

He gave a short talk on the "Million Dollar Mouse" fundraising initiative.

Agents of change. Photos by Peter McIntosh.
Agents of change. Photos by Peter McIntosh.
Before Easter, several people at the facility, including members of its knitting group, had knitted about 50 brightly coloured woolly "chicks", which were then filled with Easter eggs, and sold, raising about $150 for the project.

When Mr Morgan arrived yesterday, he was also presented with a cheque for $170, which had been raised more recently by residents.

In his talk, he emphasised the damaging environmental effects of introduced mice, including the eating of albatross chicks, on the Antipodes Islands, which are about 800km southeast of Bluff.

Mr Morgan, who led the Our Far South expedition through the subantarctic islands to the Antarctic earlier this year, joked that during the expedition he had one night been drinking some Central Otago wine and discussing with Department of Conservation staff what it would cost to eradicate mice on various islands.

After hearing it would cost $1 million to remove mice from the Antipodes Islands, he had indicated he would help.

The next day, he wondered what he had got himself into, but more than half the money had since been raised.

"We'll have that million dollars by Christmas," he said.

Centre clinical manager Doug Browning said the fundraising project had proved an enjoyable and positive experience for residents and staff.

Mr Morgan later gave a talk on environmental issues arising from the southern expedition, at Otago Boys' High School.

The $1 million is being raised in a partnership that includes the Morgan Foundation and Doc.



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