Winton fire crew has smooth moves

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A still from the Winton Fire Brigade music video. Photo: Supplied

WINTON Volunteer Fire Brigade are challenging firefighters throughout the country to donate to the Southland Charity Hospital delivering its message in a unique way.

A video was posted on the Blair Vining’s Epic Journey social media page on Monday evening featuring members of the Winton Brigade showing off some of their best moves to promote the cause.

Suited up and making use of the fireman’s pole, firefighters got their groove on to Bruno Mars’ hit song Uptown Funk in a bid to draw attention to the challenge.

The Southland Charity Hospital’s “Buy a Brick Campaign” was launched 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 of bowel cancer a month later.

He received a terminal diagnosis in 2018.

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

Their public fight for better healthcare access in the south garnered national attention and they were 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 District Health Board zone, who would otherwise be unable to access treatment.

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