Show raises $12,000 for hospital

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A recent Operatunity performance to mark 100 years of Lions clubs resulted in Gore Hospital receiving $12,000 for the refurbishment of its birthing unit.
The one-off performance, hosted by the Gore Hokonui Lions Club, was a fundraiser for the refurbishment and a chance for residents to enjoy a night of excellent performances.
Gore Hokonui Lions Club president Nola Howden said the St James Theatre was nearly at capacity for the performance.
‘‘It was a great night,’’ Mrs Howden said.
She said she had had a good team making sure the fundraising performance was run smoothly.
The Gore Hospital maternity unit was a wellused facility, Mrs Howden said earlier.
This would only be the second upgrade of the birthing room since the hospital was built.
The first alterations were made when a wall was removed to allow more sunlight into the area.
This time the unit would undergo a total makeover.
Hospital chief executive Karl Metzler said input from staff and lead maternity carers would be sought before refurbishing of the unit.
Mothers were keen to have their own rooms but in some cases it was not possible if there were several mothers and babies in the unit, Mr Metzler said.
The hospital would look at ways to provide private areas, he said.
The donation to the hospital project was special as four of the hospital’s staff were Hokonui Lions club members, Mr Metzler said.