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Māia Health Foundation’s Feast Raises Over $145,000

Māia Health Foundation’s Feast Raises Over $145,000 for Rooftop Helipad at Christchurch Hospital

On Saturday 11 August, health services in Canterbury took a notable leap forward when over 260 generous Cantabrians attended the Māia Health Foundation Feast at Christchurch Art Gallery.Over $145,000.00 was raised throughout the night during the live auction, pledge and golden ticket raffle.
Proceeds from the Feast will help fund a future-proofed rooftop helipad and clinical support unit at Christchurch Hospital.

“Thank you to everyone who joined us at Māia’s Feast,” said Michael Flatman, Māia Health Foundation Chief Executive. “Tonight’s support really matters and reflects how much our community want to be a part of building a world class health system. We’re now $1.58 million closer to getting our loved ones emergency hospital care immediately on touchdown.”

In 2016, Māia Health Foundation committed to raising $2 million to obtain the enhancements to this much needed asset for Canterbury. After the Feast, the amount Māia still needs to reach their $2 million target is approximately $416,000.00.

$100,000 was raised from the incredibly popular Live Auction alone. The 15 items up for grabs included tickets to see the Black Caps play Australia in the Boxing Day test match at the MCG, a luxury weekend at breath taking coastal retreat Annandale, and a spectacular sculpture by world-renowned Cantabrian artist, Neil Dawson. Plus, a surprise auction item saw proud Cantabrians scramble for one of 23 signed 2018 Crusaders jerseys.

Guests were treated to a stunning private concert by Māia ambassador and NZ Hall of Fame singer-songwriter Bic Runga and Christchurch’s very own Symphony Orchestra.
Local food legends White Tie Catering served up a grand culinary experience while MC and Māia ambassador Jason Gunn kept the guests in stitches through the evening.
Clare Steel of event organiser Brown Bread said, “We’re floored by the generosity that’s been shown to us at the Feast. Māia’s donors, sponsors and ambassadors’ commitment to improving Canterbury’s health services was on full display tonight.”
Christchurch Hospital contains New Zealand’s busiest trauma centre and the only major hospital without a helipad on site. Currently it takes 13 minutes, on average, to transfer patients by ambulance to Christchurch Hospital after landing in Hagley Park. A larger helipad and purpose-built rooftop clinical support unit will mean critically unwell patients receive emergency hospital care immediately on touchdown, and a quicker transition to full care for routine transfers. For the neonatal unit, it will quicken the pickup and unloading of a neonatal incubator by up to an hour on a round trip.

Initial plans for the Acute Services Building included a rooftop helipad, however funding was allocated at a point when a smaller rooftop helipad was deemed sufficient. With the increased use of the air retrieval services by approximately 40% over the last three years, it became apparent that the region needed a larger helipad to cope with future demands. As funding was not available, Māia Health Foundation committed to raise $2 million by December 2018 to obtain these enhancements.
Please click here for images of the night.
About Māia Health Foundation
Māia Health Foundation is a charitable trust, launched in May 2016 to enhance health services, reaching both into the CDHB and out into the community.
Māia’s fundraising targets are bold and ambitious – taking Canterbury’s health service on its transition from good to great with two initial projects for Christchurch Hospital’s new Acute Services Building; a future-proofed rooftop helipad, including the creation of a purpose-built clinical support unit so trauma patients can receive life-saving treatment upon touchdown; and major enhancements to the children’s health facilities, such as creating shared family spaces and installing 60 parent beds in the children’s facilities.
About Brown Bread
Founded in 2012, Brown Bread is a Christchurch-based company focused on connecting people, businesses and organisations with cultural, social and people-based causes. The company operate within the sectors of philanthropy, communications & engagement, and events. Brown Bread are known for their work with the Māia Health Foundation, Christchurch Art Gallery’s Foundation, The Cancer Society Ball, North Canterbury Wine & Food Festival and other projects that seek to make a positive difference to our communities.

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