WDHB gratefully accepts generous cheque to fund hospital art


28 March 2018

From left to right: Rotarians Tony Hodge, John van Dalen and Sue Gardner with WDHB chief executive Russell Simpson.

Rotary Club of Wanganui North members have gifted a generous $3000 donation to the Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) for the purchase of locally produced art and photography.

WDHB chief executive Russell Simpson says he felt privileged and humbled to accept the cheque on behalf of the DHB which is extremely grateful to the club and members of the public who helped raise the money.

Mr Simpson says for close to four years, WDHB surgeon and Rotarian John van Dalen has been instrumental in purchasing a number of art works and photographs for display on hospital walls that would otherwise be bare.

“Mr van Dalen is a strong believer that patients and everyone else who walks our corridors find art and photography uplifting,” Mr Simpson says. “John says the power that art has over our wellbeing can’t be underestimated so we’re making a conscious effort to find and fund works by local artists that resonate with our local population.”

Last year the Rotary Club of Wanganui North purchased and gifted to the WDHB, 26 photographs by local photographer Mark Brimblecombe. Hung in the corridor that leads to the Maternity and Children’s Wards, the photographs are much admired by all who see them.

While it’s not known yet what works will be purchased with the Rotary cheque, the hospital’s Art Group is keen to find works to hang in the Medical and Surgical Wards and the Assessment Treatment & Rehabilitation Ward/Acute Stroke Unit.

Rotary Club of Wanganui North members raised the $3000 in November last year when local businesses competed in the Rotary Rowing Stakes indoor rowing event.