Many thanks to Tanya for the transcript  and to Judi Mair for the scan

Starship Log - May 2001

The Newsletter of the Starship Foundation & Friends of Starship

Excerpts from the newsletter

052201LLL.jpg (101007 bytes)Happy 10th Birthday Starship! We at the Starship Foundation are in the mood to celebrate - and we want you right alongside us! The national hospital turns 10 years old, marking a huge milestone in the treatment of sick children from across New Zealand. To celebrate, the fundraising team at the Starship Foundation plans to buy vital equipment for neurosurgery to start at the Starship. We need more than $2 million to achieve this so we have lined up a full calendar of events and activities. We plan to have celebrity Lucy Lawless, our newest board trustee, promote this challenging project around our annual appeal month of July. In the meantime, fundraising activities have already begun to help achieve the target.

CT Scanner Arrives We've done it. Thanks to your support, the country's only dedicated paediatric CT scanner is proudly installed in the Starship's radiology department and is performing scans on its first patients. Now, thousands of Starship patients each year will be spared the stress of waiting for and travelling to adjacent Auckland Hospital for vital CT scans. The high-tech machine is expected to perform more than 3000 scans a year on patients. Many are in pain or have life threatening conditions and rely on the CT scanner to make a fast and accurate diagnosis. Community and corporate fundraising, plus an extremely generous donation from Lucy Lawless and husband Rob Tapert, bridged the gap to complete the target. Shortland Publications again put on a Book Fair for Starship last November, raising $20,000 for the cause. The Starship Foundation and Friends of Starship are extremely grateful to all contributors, and mention particularly the ASB Charitable Trust which gave $900,000 towards the scanner.

Sky City Starlight Symphony What a night under the stars in February! Our own star, Lucy Lawless, and co-host Kevin Smith kept the 200,000 strong crowd enthralled in between a dazzling line up of music. More than $75,000 was raised. Proceeds will be shared between Starship Foundation and Kidz First.


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