Tasman Leader : August 1st 2013
3 THE TASMAN LEADER, AUGUST 1, 2013 NEWS Workstar is a free service for employers in the Nelson Region. We have workers who manage a disability who are seeking retail, light industrial, cleaning or landscaping work. To get the right person for your job and free ongoing support, contact Kirsty Glen, Manager www.Workstar.co.nz Kirsty@workstar.co.nz Phone 546 9026 DO YOU NEED A RELIABLE WORKER FOR FIVE HOURS A WEEK OR MORE? 5469357AA marshalls fashions 66 BRIDGE ST NELSON PH 548-3950 SALE FINAL DAYS 5422110AC Leap of faith pays off: Golden Bay resident Liza Eastman, shown, and her husband Vic Eastman, have raised $440,000 in pledged funds from a group who will make an offer on the Joan Whiting Rest Home in Collingwood this week, with the aim of preserving it for the aging population of Golden Bay. Photo: CHARLOTTE SQUIRE Home offer on table By CHARLOTTE SQUIRE Collingwood s Joan Whiting Rest Home may continue to serve the aging population in Golden Bay thanks to a last ditch effort to buy the prop- erty. At a meeting on Tuesday in Golden Bay, 50 people who have accumulated $440,000 in pledges to buy the Joan Whiting property in Collin- gwood and preserve it as a home for the community s aging population, decided to go ahead with plans to make an offer on the property. At present, residents will need to leave the Joan Whiting Rest Home in Sept- ember and relocate to the new Integrated Health Centre rest home or elsewhere. The Joan Whiting Rest Home is for sale for $650,000 and there are several offers on the table. Last Thursday Liza Eastman and her husband Vic, who served as a Golden Bay doctor for 18 years, asked Joan Whiting supporters to invest in $1000 shares to buy the property. They said the shares would buy investors into a limited incorporated company, one vote per share. Liza asked people to invest enough in pledges to buy the property outright, as she didn t want the bank to own the building. This is one last-ditch effort. I couldn t quite let it go . . . I ve fought for the Joan Whiting for the past eight years, she said. Liza supports Motueka nurse Adrienne Henry s pro- posal to run the Joan Whiting as an independent home for elderly people, running purely on assistance from charitable trusts, donations and volun- tary support from the local community. Adrienne, who is a regis- tered nurse and has been nursing the elderly for more than 30 years, said she plan- ned to run the home in the same way Moreh Home has been successfully run in Fair- lie for the past 34 years. Moreh runs without fund- ing or regulations from Gov- ernment and is supported by the community, including donations of food and resources from local busi- nesses. It s a home, not a rest home. People would be flat- mates. So say I m an elderly man in Golden Bay and I don t want to go and live in a rest home, I want to go there. I pay out of my pension, whatever I can afford. It works on a faith, hope, charity system, Adrienne said. Vic said pledges were still coming in and that it wasn t too late to make a pledge. We need more to accomplish it, he said. The group agreed to go ahead and put in an offer. That would be put in tomor- row [Thursday, August 1]. And then we wait and see. The ball goes straight back to the Joan Whiting Memorial Trust [who own the prop- erty], Vic said. He said he had no sense about whether the Joan Whiting Memorial trustees would accept their offer. He did say he knew some of the committee members person- ally and that they re support- ive of the elderly people of Golden Bay. It s exciting and at the same time it s going to slow me down on some of my hob- bies, said Vic. Pledges can still be made by contacting Vic or Liza Eastman at: P O Box 35, Collingwood 7054, 03 524 8487, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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