BLAIR Vining reckoned if everyone in the south bought a brick, together they could build a hospital.
So, the Southland Charity Hospital (SCH) is going to do just that.
On July 31, the SCH wants to see schools and businesses across New Zealand hold mufti days in support of Mr Vining’s legacy, for the Buy a Brick Day.
The public was encouraged to don red, white and black (the colours of the Blair Vining Sports Foundation) to raise funds at their school or workplace, which can then be used to buy supporter’s bricks as a way of donating to the SCH.
The hospital would provide access to healthcare to people living in Southland and Otago, who would otherwise be unable to access treatment through the private or public systems.
Blair’s wife, and SCH board member, Melissa Vining said the campaign was crucial in obtaining funding required to get the hospital operational as soon as possible.
“Up and down New Zealand, people have supported Blair and his fight for equitable healthcare since day one.
“I can’t put into words how much that support has meant to our family. Because of the countless Kiwis who have backed Blair’s calls for an end to the postcode lottery, his dream of creating the Southland Charity Hospital is becoming a reality,
“The generosity of New Zealanders keen to back this cause has blown us away. We already have $500,000 sitting in the bank in donations if we raise another $500,000, we could start working on the hospital build as soon as August 1.
“The sooner we start working on the building, the sooner we can start admitting patients who desperately need our help.”
The SCH committee was calling on everyone to help make Blair’s vision a reality as the organisation would not receive Government funding.
This meant the organisation would rely on funders to get the hospital up and running and ensure Southlanders received the healthcare they deserved, Mrs Vining said.
The hospital had created supporters’ bricks, which would pave the pathway into the SCH.
The supporters’ bricks would be engraved to serve as a lasting testament to the community which had supported the cause.
Schools and workplaces wanting to get involved in Buy a Brick Day could organise a mufti day (with everybody wearing red, white and black) at school or in the workplace, on Friday, July 31.
- To find out more go to www.southlandcharityhospital.org/shop/