Memorial helps neuro total past $2.5 million

Members of the social club committee (from left) Faye Somerville, Helen Connor, Alisha Ross,...
Members of the social club committee (from left) Faye Somerville, Helen Connor, Alisha Ross, Cristy Flannery, Stephen Higgs (managing partner), David Hogue, and Ian Calvert with fundraising project manager Irene Mosley yesterday. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
Raising money to commemorate a colleague who died from a brain tumour has taken the neurosurgery tally to its last big milestone before the finish line.

Dunedin business Polson Higgs' social club has raised $5300, taking the Chair in Neurosurgery fundraising tally to more than $2.5 million, fundraising project manager Irene Mosley said.

The effort to endow the chair at the University of Otago was now on the "home straight" towards the $3 million target.

"Every time there's a little lull and you think 'What are we to do to raise the money', something like this comes along ..."

Fundraising organiser Ian Calvert, of Polson Higgs, said the social club raised the amount using a combination of a sponsored walking challenge, donations and mufti days.

The effort honoured the memory of chartered accountant Suzanne Spencer, who worked for Polson Higgs for nine years before dying in January from a brain tumour.

The full total yesterday was $2,502,361.

•Today, another fundraiser gets under way, the Otago Heritage Bus Society-supported "Magical Medical Tour".

Departing from Dunedin Railway Station at 1.30pm, the tour will visit medical-history spots around the city. Mrs Mosley said many tickets had been pre-booked.



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