Palmerston looks to fundraise

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Members of the Palmerston community are looking to kick start the campaign for the town’s new medical centre.

Last November it was revealed Palmerston will receive a new medical centre.

At a meeting held in Palmerston earlier in the week, plans of exactly how the building would look were discussed, as well as how fundraising would occur.

While no building is expected to take place until the beginning of 2016, East Otago Community Health Trust chairwoman Mary O’Connell said fundraising was the major focus now.

“We want to get applications away for various things and are looking at planning some ways of fundraising at events in the future.”

Mrs O’Connell said they had received offers of help.

“We’ve had plenty of groups offer to help fundraise and come on board so it’s pleasing to see.”

They had applied to the Z service station in Oamaru and The Warehouse to be part of their disc programme.

“This will give us exposure and show people that Palmerston are wanting to build a new medical centre as many people don’t know about it.”

With the National Ploughing Championships being held in Palmerston, Mrs O’Connell said they were looking at a chance to make the event a fundraiser.

A dedicated weekend with various fundraising activities would not take place until at least June.

“Palmerston is just too busy until then.”

A group in Waikouaiti just donated $500 to the cause.

By Brayden Lindsay