South Canterbury’s Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanner appeal has leapt to within $300,000 of its target of $2.8 million, thanks to a grant of $30,000 from the Lloyd Morgan Lions Clubs Charitable Trust.
The Trust was set up in honour of Lloyd Morgan, a former international president of Lions Clubs International, after he turned down the offer of a limousine after his term of office in 1979-1980.
Interest from the Trust’s capital is distributed to deserving community projects in need of financial assistance. The Lions Club of Fairlie applied to the Trust on behalf of the people of South Canterbury.
In August last year, South Canterbury set about raising $2.8 million for its own MRI scanner at Timaru Hospital which will mean easier access (no more trips to Christchurch for an MRI scan) and greater availability for the people of South Canterbury.
“This has been an exciting and very rewarding project to be heading and the level of support from the community has been outstanding,” says appeal chairman and Lions Past International Director Ron Luxton. “$2.8 million from a population of just 50,000 seems like a daunting and almost impossible task but the support from Lions Clubs, Rotary Clubs, community groups and individuals (one person donated $100,000) has been very humbling and very inspiring. There is no doubt that New Zealanders can step up when required to.”