Southlanders show generosity

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Kaos hair salon held a pro bono day on Monday to raise funds for the Southland Charity Hospital. The team, dressed in red, black and white, also accepted donations such as Grant Bulling's $100 note. Photo: Laura Smith

ABOUT 150 businesses and organisations will dress in red, white and black as part of tomorrow’s Casual Friday, Buy a Brick Day to raise funds for the Southland Charity Hospital.

However, the southern region has already had a multitude of events and fundraisers in the build-up to the day.

On Monday, the team at Kaos hair salon in Invercargill worked a full day for free in order to raise money for the hospital.

Queens Park Golf Club members (from left) Hilary McDonald, Anne Hill and Christine Sasse ready to tee-off on Tuesday ahead of the club’s fundraiser for the Buy A Brick campaign. Photo: Karen Pasco

Co-owner Felicity Diack said the salon was booked out and hoped to raise more than $10,000, plus a donation tin -when a Southland Express reporter was at the salon on the day, two people each donated $100 in 10 minutes.

As of Tuesday morning, close to $15,000 had been raised through hair cuts and styles, donations and raffles at the salon.

Hair stylist Lisa McNaught said it was an amazing day.

“We had people pay $500 for a fringe trim.”

In order to begin building the hospital, which will provide access to healthcare such as colonoscopies to those living in Southland and Otago who would otherwise be unable to access treatment through the private or public systems, about $500,000 needed to be raised to add to the $500,000 already collected.

As of Tuesday, 2842 bricks and 133 plaques had been bought, totalling $350,700.

The Buy a Brick campaign aimed to encourage people to get involved in fundraising and each brick cost $100.

Southland Charity Hospital board trustee Melissa Vining had her hair curled by Kaos hair stylist Lisa McNaught on Monday. PHOTO: LAURA SMITH

Southland Charity Hospital board trustee Melissa Vining said it was great to see people donning the Midlands Rugby Football Club colours in support.

“It’s really exciting to see the red, black and white so early in the week.”

At Queens Park Golf Club on Tuesday, 36 golfers took part in a Buy a Brick fundraiser.

Organiser Robyn Boniface said it was an easy decision for them all to support such a good cause.

“I saw it on Facebook that they’re asking for something for the 31st,” she said.

However, the golf club had other events on Friday so decided to use Tuesday’s play as the fundraiser.

“We’ve got good numbers at the golf club so it’s easy to be able to support it.”

Many players got into the spirit of the day and dressed in the black, white and red colours.

Green fees were increased and raffles were held to raise funds for the charity hospital.

“Hopefully we (the members) don’t have to use it but we know there’s so many of us, somebody will.”

  • To buy a brick, go to www.southlandcharityhospital.org/shop/. Manual orders were being taken at the Findex office in Invercargill.
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