Hundreds march for health camp

A march of 300 may not be significant in a  city, but it is in a wee town like Roxburgh where people took to the streets yesterday in support of the health camp.

Among the marchers was 75-year-old Richard Bebby who attended the camp as a child.

For 67 years the camp here in Roxburgh has taken children from the lower South Island and helped them with their physical, mental health problems over a 5 week stay.

“This camp services Otago and Southland. There isn’t one south of Christchurch,” states Central Otago Mayor Malcolm McPherson. “If this camp goes, half of the South Island loses this sort of facility.”

The board that operates the seven camps across the country needs an extra $5 million a year to keep up with increased costs. It’s hoping the new government may offer more help than the old one did.

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