Dance-up for charity hospital

A video of Winton’s Volunteer Fire Brigade has gone viral in less than 48 hours.

The clip, posted on Blair Vining’s Epic Journey social media page on Monday evening, featured Southland firefighters showing off their best moves to challenge Kiwi firefighters to back the Southland Charity Hospital.

Suited up and using their pole, firefighters grooved to Bruno Mars’ hit song Uptown Funk.

The Southland Charity Hospital "Buy a Brick Campaign" was launched earlier this month to enable work on the building to begin.

The hospital development was instigated by Southlanders Melissa and Blair Vining in September 2019, before Mr Vining died from bowel cancer a month later.

He received a terminal diagnosis in 2018.

Winton’s Volunteer Fire Brigade posted a dance video on social media on Monday to encourage other...
Winton’s Volunteer Fire Brigade posted a dance video on social media on Monday to encourage other firefighters to donate to the Southland Charity Hospital. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

After discovering inequities within New Zealand’s healthcare system because of the "postcode lottery", he decided to do something about it.

His public fight for better healthcare access in the South garnered national attention and he was a driving force in the creation of the Southland Charity Hospital Trust.

The trust was founded by the community for the community to provide healthcare for those living in the Southern DHB zone, who would otherwise be unable to access treatment, publicly or privately.

abbey.palmer@odt.co.nz

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