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Health board staff raise $25,000 for charity
Two Waikato charities are the recipients of $12,500 each thanks to the “questionable” artistic talents of Waikato District Health Board staff.
The hospital revue, In Flagrante Delicto (Caught in the Act), was on stage over three nights to sell-out crowds at Hamilton’s Clarence Street theatre in September.
All money raised through ticket sales and fundraising at the shows went to two chosen charities - Waikato Family Centre and Lifeline.
Chief executive Craig Climo presented cheques to each of the charities at Waikato Hospital today.
“All of our staff have day jobs and for them to give up their time to do this for charity is a credit to them,” he said.
More than 100 staff featured in the revue singing, dancing, acting and generally making fools of themselves for charity.
“I applaud their courage,” he said.
LifeLine Waikato provides a free 24-hour telephone counselling service and the Waikato Family Centre provides free, friendly and helpful family support and parenting advice.
The amount raised was a closely-guarded secret until today, with a celebration afternoon tea attended by representatives from the cast and organising committee.
Waikato DHB chief executive Craig Climo presented each cast member with a certificate and thanked the organising committee for all their hard work.
The next revue is planned for September 2011.
What is a hospital revue?
The hospital revue is a current and longstanding tradition in UK medical schools and was customary in many NZ public hospitals until a significant restructuring of the public health system in the 1980s contributed to the demise of the custom.
Waikato DHB reinstated the biennial ritual in 1997 with all money raised donated to a chosen charity.
A revue is a light form of theatrical entertainment consisting of loosely connected acts (songs, dances, satirical skits, and monologues) that portray and sometimes satirise contemporary persons and events.
The last Waikato DHB hospital revue in 2007, Lapsus Linguae (A Slip of the Tongue), raised $28,000 for True Colours, a non-profit organisation supporting children and young people who live with a chronic, serious or life-threatening illness.
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