A $100,000 handshake — Maungaturoto Community Charitable Trust chair Craig Fergus (right) congratulates dementia unit fundraising stalwart, Albie Paton

Date set for dementia unit

by Paul Campbell

Maungaturoto Riverview Rest Home’s multimillion-dollar dementia unit development is expected to open its doors later in the year with its first services as a daycare facility for dementia sufferers while final furnishing is completed for residential clients.

“Santa delivered the pre-nailed framing right on Christmas, and the builders will be starting back on-site in February, said chair of the Maungaturoto Community Charitable Trust, Craig Fergus.

“The project will run through to completion, which should see clients moving in this coming November.”

Mr Fergus has lauded the work of local fundraisers, with stalwart Albie Paton clocking up a total of $100,000 last week, much from his donated second-hand goods and chattels outlet dubbed ‘The Den’ in the town’s old Scout Hall in Bickerstaffe Road.

“Although the construction has restarted, the fundraising still goes on. The trust needs approximately $270,000 to reach completion, but that’s more than achievable when you consider the total project is $3.6 million. The Den is to reach $100,000, and the Maungaturoto Op Shop has contributed $45,000. Total funds raised now sit at $500,000 with more pledged to come in.”

The balance of funding has been raised through commercial sources, which saw the concrete foundations laid late last year.

Initially, surveying issues saw the project delayed in the past, and trust members are now “thrilled to see significant progress.”

Mr Fergus added that the need for the 14-bed dementia unit was huge, and a benefit for the wider Kaipara area.“ By 2050 the number of dementia sufferers in New Zealand is expected to have tripled to 170,000 countrywide.”

With fundraising continuing, to make certain of a top-quality enterprise going forward, the project’s supporters will be at the Paparoa A&P Show while a major initiative is being undertaken in the Dahlias for Dementia garden tour, which takes place on February 22 to 23, covering 20 exceptional garden properties in Kaipara.

Special $40 tickets are now on sale until January 15, after which the price will be $50, and these can be found at alzheimersnorthland.org.nz/alzheimersnz/ as well as Fergus Appliances at Maungaturoto and Bayleys Real Estate in Dargaville. ¢