North Otago Hospice Hub starts taking shape
The North Otago Hospice Hub makeover has started at 343 Thames Highway.
The Hospice Hub will open in mid-2018, providing a purpose-built space for the Otago Community Hospice’s Patient Services, Hospice Education Services and a new Hospice Store.
Ginny Green, Otago Community Hospice CEO, is thrilled to see work starting on the building.
“It’s been a long time coming, so it is exciting for our team that work has begun on the building, knowing that soon we will have our much-needed Hospice Hub in Oamaru.
We’ve started with some of the smaller jobs, like lining the back store room, which will be the new Hospice Store drop-off point and sorting room. We have finalised drawings for renovating the rest of the building, and will soon submitted these to council. Next step will be to put out the tender for the builder/project manager, so we’ll be ready to hit the go button once consent comes through,” says Ms Green.
The Hospice Hub building purchase and renovations have been funded through North Otago fundraising efforts by the Lions Clubs, The Boar ‘n’ Stag Hunting Competitions, Portside Punch and other events coordinated by Sally-Ann Donnelly, a significant bequest from the late Nigel Wilson and many individual and group donations.
“We are so grateful the community has rallied behind this project. We are 100% committed to equitable delivery of specialist palliative care services to the people of North Otago.
The hub will be a facility where patients and families can come - for a clinic appointment, counselling or support. It will have a training room where education sessions will be held for other providers and volunteers, as well as housing a much larger hospice shop.
Until we open the hub, our services will continue running as normal and our store, which is a key part of our fundraising model, is open and needs continued community support.”
The Otago Community Hospice is focussed on supporting and empowering all people who are dying in Otago, to live well and die well. The Otago Community Hospice team works closely with the Oamaru hospital, aged care facilities, GPs and the team of district nurses, who together deliver the full range of palliative care services to the people of North Otago.
Tomorrow Kevin Galliven, from The Southern Trust, celebrates a decade of fundraising for Otago Community Hospice through his annual Golf Tournament and auction.
The tournament, which began in 2007, is very popular with golfers keen to have a day on the course, and to also raise money for Otago’s well-loved hospice. Over the last decade, the charity event has raised well over $300,000 for the hospice.
Kevin Galliven, known as Gully, will be there for the first tee off at the St Clair Golf Club tomorrow morning – after weeks of preparation pulling sponsors and the event together.
“There is a lot of work that goes into organising the golf tournament, but it is all worth it given what we raise for the hospice, such an excellent service.
We normally have at least 40 teams. Many of the teams have had some direct involvement with the hospice service, so there’s a real drive to be involved with what is considered the best charity golf tournament of the year. We even have a waiting list,” says Gully.
“The players love the day; they are extremely well fed and watered. The golf is followed by an auction and an evening meal. We have some fantastic sponsors including Lion Breweries, Tiny’s Butchery in Milton, The Southern Trust and Mike Dougherty from Edinburgh Realty. We couldn’t do it without them.”
Otago Community Hospice CEO Ginny Green says the tournament has become a highly anticipated event, with many of the hospice team enjoying taking part in the background.
“So not only do we have staff happily participating in selling raffles and helping out on the day around the course, we also receive a very sizable donation, which has become a wonderful annual gift. We are very grateful to Gully for his continuing and energetic support, and to the Southern Trust for their very generous participation.”
Green is the new black – in tea that is, and we need your help to raise $20,000.
Our long term supporters at Dilmah tea are currently donating 50 cents from each pack sold in their green tea range to Hospice NZ. The goal is to sell 40,000 packs of tea – so do try it!
2014 is the seventeenth year that Dilmah tea has been supporting hospices throughout New Zealand donating over 5 million tea bags during that time.
Since 1997 Dilmah has donated all the tea each hospice service in New Zealand could need each and every year. Due to this generous donation, we are able to make the highest quality tea available to people and their families, friends and visitors, staff and volunteers.
The process of making a cup of tea and the comforting conversations that can occur over a hot cup of tea, can be relaxing and therapeutic, no matter the time of day or night.
This year the total number of tea bags donated will reach approximately 5 million – a testament to the commitment the entire Fernando family has to hospice in New Zealand.
Thank you to our friends at Dilmah, your donation has been greatly appreciated over the past decade and a half.
For more information www.dilmah.co.nz