Wednesday, 19 September 2018

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Fundraising for X-ray machine screaming ahead

Fundraising for X-ray machine screaming ahead

According to Malcolm Brown, chairman of the Whitianga Lions’ Project Committee, as at Sunday, 20 April the Mercury Bay X-ray machine fund stood at $167,000. Included in that amount is $546.90 raised by Alastair and Harriette Brickell of Stargazers Astronomy Tours during the lunar eclipse of 15 April. Members of the public were invited to witness the eclipse with Alastair and Harriette from their observatory in exchange for a donation to the X-ray machine. Despite the cloudy weather, 30 or so people turned up at the observatory and were later rewarded with glimpses of the eclipsed moon.

Not included in the amount of the X-ray machine fund is the more than $6,000 raised by the Mercury Bay Lionesses at their Quilt and Craft Show that was held during Easter weekend. Around half of the money was raised through a variety of raffles, won by (as the winners’ names appeared on their raffle tickets) Robin J, Ann McDonald, Cecily Woodbury, Karen Paget, Megan Fox, Mary Jackson, May Walker, D Knutsen, Andrea Skipper and Murray.

Pictured are some of the Lionesses at the Quilt and Craft Show with the members of the Lions’ Project Committee and Graham Bell, part time Whitianga local and presenter of Police Ten 7 (in the check shirt), who drew the raffle winners.

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