“To think someone would try and benefit themselves using everyone’s hard work is despicable.
“It could also leave the hospital vulnerable to people being apprehensive… giving in the future if they were burned by a fraudster, many community groups have run their own fundraisers and without them, the hospital wouldn’t be possible.
“If people are concerned about the legitimacy of a fundraiser for the Southland Charity Hospital they can contact email@example.com.
“To the fraudster, you are a despicable low life to steal from such a beautiful community effort.”
Melissa told The Southland Times the alleged scam had been reported to the police.
Construction on the Southland Charity Hospital – part of Blair Vining’s dream to make health care accessible and equitable for all New Zealanders – began nearly a year ago to the day.
It’s hoped the hospital would be open by the middle of this year.