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How your donations have made a difference

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Across the Southern health system your donations and volunteer efforts have made an enormous difference to your community we care for.


Below are some examples of the care you have helped us provide - and these are just a small fraction of your support. We appreciate all the efforts of all our donors and volunteers.

Countdown Kids Hospital Appeal

Through the generosity of the public and fundraising efforts of the Countdown team, over the past 12 years $2 million has been raised for our children’s services.

Each year the funds have supported the purchase of additional equipment including electric beds, infant ventilators, sensory equipment; wheelchairs for children in the community; and a non-invasive bilirubin monitor for maternity.

The DHB and our patients are very grateful to receive these donations from Countdown and for the support of their staff and local customers - their contributions are invaluable.

Countdown Kids Hospital Appeal donation

Digital magazine for oncology patients

A beautifully-designed digital magazine sharing the stories of local cancer survivors is available to chemotherapy patients in Dunedin thanks to a generous donation.

Dunedin’s Young Adult Cancer Support Group put together a unique digital magazine called ‘In It Together’ with the help of talented Otago Polytechnic design student Kennedy Barnes.

It is available to patients on five tablets donated by internet company Unifone, which has also donated tablets and internet to the Balclutha Oncology Department.

As well as reading the magazine, patients are able to use the tablets to browse the latest news sites, watch Netflix with their headphones, scroll through Facebook or Instagram, or play the latest version of Candy Crush.

Digital magazine for oncololgy patients