Hospital icemaker funding success

Sammy Smith, of Dunedin, picks up some plush toys for two of his grandchildren, aged 2 and 4,...
Sammy Smith, of Dunedin, picks up some plush toys for two of his grandchildren, aged 2 and 4, from the Dunedin Host Lions fundraiser garage sale at St Patrick’s hall, in South Dunedin, on Saturday. PHOTO: STEPHEN JAQUIERY
The St Patrick’s hall was filled with bargain hunters and people supporting an ice-cold good cause on Saturday.

The Dunedin Host Lions fundraiser garage sale at the weekend was the final fundraising effort required for the Dunedin service club to hit its $9000 target for an ice machine for the general surgery ward at Dunedin Hospital.

Sale organiser Jenni Mattingly said patients after surgery often required ice to soothe inflamed wounds.

Fundraising for the ice machine began in June.

The Dunedin Host Lions had been about $1000 short of their goal before the weekend sale, but before noon on Saturday the team of 20 volunteers running the sale hit their target, she said.

Mrs Mattingly said leftover funds from the sale would be split between the city’s three foodbanks: the Salvation Army, St Vincent de Paul, and Presbyterian Support.

"During Covid they stepped up so much and just went way beyond to help people who were struggling," Mrs Mattingly said.

hamish.maclean@odt.co.nz

 

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