Press Release – Auckland District Health Board
It is rare for a charity to be gifted a property by a living donor. However, more than $300,000 was today pledged to the Starship Foundation, and will be funded from the sale of an apartment in a newly renovated complex currently being built in Manukau, Auckland.
Listed for sale early last month by property owner M Central, the money from the sale of the two-bedroom apartment will help provide world-class healthcare for ill and injured children visiting Starship Children’s Hospital. Starship has more than 120,000 patient visits from children from all across the country each year. Approximately 15% of Starship admissions come from the Counties Manukau area.
Managing Director of M Central, Richard Jamieson, and his wife Margo are passionate supporters of Starship and wanted to give back to the wider community.
“Starship is a wonderful cause providing the very best medical care to children day in and day out,” says Mr Jamieson. “As a dad, I recognise the vital role Starship fulfils throughout New Zealand. I felt it important for us to support a cause that positively impacts the future of our children, families and communities both in Manukau and nationally.”
Starship Foundation Chief Executive, Brad Clark, says: “We are so grateful to receive this generous pledge from M Central. It is very rare for Starship Foundation to benefit from property in this way during the donor’s lifetime; it is more usual to receive these through bequests. It is an extraordinary privilege to be able to thank donors such as Richard and Margo face-to-face. Through M Central and the sale of this apartment we are able to continue to provide life-saving services and care to children when they need it most.”
The sale of the contemporary apartment is part of the rejuvenated M Central complex at 17 Putney Way, Manukau. Award-winning architects Leuschke Group is revitalising the building which will sit in the heart of Manukau’s new urban centre, just 50m walk from the soon-to-open Manukau Institute of Technology campus and train station, directly opposite the proposed Transport Hub and adjacent to Hayman Park.
Due for completion in mid-2014, M Central will stand 11 storeys high, and feature 114 contemporary high stud one, two, three and four bedroom apartments starting from $226,000. Spectacular views will be available over the surrounding city and out across the Bombay Hills, Rangitoto Island and the rugged Manukau Heads. The two story retail complex will include a supermarket, cafes and a number of specialty shops.
For more information and artist’s impressions for M Central, visit www.mcentral.co.nz.
About the Starship Foundation
Starship Children’s Health provides world-class healthcare catering for more than 120,000 patient visits each year from all over New Zealand.
The Starship Foundation is a social-profit organisation committed to raising more than $6 million annually to ensure every New Zealand family has access to world leading healthcare and experiences. Support for the Starship Foundation is an extra to Government funding and provides for initiatives such as building refurbishments, new medical technology, vital research, boosted family support, preventative programmes and staff training.
In addition, $1.5 million is needed annually to help fund the Starship National Air Ambulance Service which brings critically ill or injured children from all over the country to Starship for life-saving care.
As a charitable organisation, Starship Foundation exists through the generosity of the New Zealand public and leading companies who lovingly donate money and/or time to assist Starship to remain at the forefront of paediatric care.