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Farmers in Oamaru and Dunedin Raise $38,054 for Otago Community Hospice

More than $763,000 has been donated to hospice services around the country following the Christmas fundraising campaign supported by all Farmers Departments stores.

Once again Farmers customers and staff were fully behind the campaign – purchasing the limited edition bauble and making donations to the Tree of Remembrance. 100% of all funds donated in each store remain in the local community, helping to ensure that hospice care remains free of charge for people with life-limiting conditions, their families and whānau.

For the people of Otago, the donation of $38,054 makes a measurable difference to the fundraising target of $2.5 million that ensures Otago Community Hospice continues to offer its specialist palliative care service free of charge to all those who need it in the Otago Region.

“Not only did the team at Farmers embrace raising funds for our hospice, they also worked as ambassadors for our services, helping the community to better understand the work we do. The awareness raising that comes from being involved with Farmers is invaluable. The enthusiasm and commitment from all staff and the people of Dunedin and Oamaru have contributed to this amazing result. Thank you so much,” says Hospice CEO Ginny Green.

This is the fifth year that Farmers throughout New Zealand have supported Hospice donating nearly $3.5Million to help keep services free of charge.

Job Vacancy: Shop Supervisor Oamaru

Shop Supervisor

The Hospice Shop

Oamaru

20 hours per week

 

Our Oamaru Hospice Shop is looking for a dynamic people person with great retail skills, ability to be part of a busy and eclectic team made of our wonderful volunteers, and work alongside our Shop Manager as a 2IC.

This role has a broad scope, which includes managing volunteers, processing and careful curation of second hand goods at a fast pace and having a great interface with our many varied donors and shoppers. The role will include weekend work.

The successful candidate will need to have retail experience, preferably in the second hand sector. The work can be physically challenging, but hugely rewarding as the shop is a major contributor to operational costs of the North Otago Hospice Hub service.

Applications close 5pm Wednesday 30 January and will be treated in the strictest of confidence.

Apply here: 

https://otagocommunityhospice.recruitmenthub.co.nz/Current-Opportunities/4524275/title/Hospice-Shop-Supervisor

North Otago Hospice Hub Opens its Doors

The North Otago Hospice Hub on 343 Thames Highway in Oamaru opens today.

The Hospice Hub provides a purpose-built space for the Otago Community Hospice’s Patient Services, Hospice Education Services and a new Hospice Shop.

Otago Community Hospice CEO Ginny Green says the hub will be an amazing community asset.

“Our Hospice now has a sustainable, visible, functional and flexible home in North Otago. The shop, the training centre, the clinic space, the counselling room – all under one roof serving the North Otago Community.”

Ms Green credits the community’s generosity and support with bringing the hub to life.

“This all started with Sally-Ann Donnelly having a vision for Hospice in North Otago, and kick-starting the fundraising drive.

That was followed by a very generous bequest which enabled us to buy our building. And then in behind that, the Waitaki Hospice Care Trust, the Lions clubs, the Oamaru Licensing Trust, various church groups and the community have dug into a terrific fundraising drive.

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 opens its door tonight with a special launch to thank major contributors and those who work with Otago Community Hospice. The Oamaru Hospice Shop will open the doors to its new premises at the hub on Wednesday December 12th at midday.

BNI Dunedin pulls together major Gala for Otago Hospice

In a Dunedin first, the seven local chapters of Business Network International (BNI) are joining forces to create a major fundraising event for the Otago Community Hospice. 

The BNI Dunedin Charity Gala & Auction Event is on 12 October, and all funds raised from the event will go towards the comprehensive education service the Hospice provides to patients, families and those working in palliative care in the Otago primary health sector. 

Hospice CEO Ginny Green says the Hospice has always received amazing and constant support from each of the individual Dunedin BNI chapters, but seeing these chapters collaborating is inspirational. 

“We have a national partnership with BNI through HospiceNZ and our local chapters go above and beyond regularly donating boxes of biscuits for our volunteers and raising money through individual fundraising events. We are always blown away by what they contribute, but seeing them come together for this significant fundraiser is really incredible. They have pulled together the most amazing evening, including a significant auction.” 

BNI event committee member Adin Long from the BNI Aspire chapter says the last six months organizing the event has taken a large effort from each of the chapter’s Hospice Champions, but says the effort should be worth the reward. 

“We all are keen to support the Hospice in whatever way we can. By collaborating we have managed to create a much bigger opportunity for fundraising for Hospice. It’s a very satisfying process, and we all hope the result will be a large contribution to the Hospice Education team who do so much good work.” 

BNI Charity Gala & Auction event takes place on 12 October at The Village Green. The event has been supported by Eventfinda, The Village Green, Simply Flowers and Events, OneZero Design Lab and the BNI Chapters: BNI Octagon, BNI Larnach, BNI Burns, BNI Lattitude 45, BNI Aspire, BNI Exchange, BNI Portabello. 

Business guru Ian Taylor will be talking at the event about how to thrive as a business in Dunedin, with Dean Delaney as MC and live music by the Oxocubans. All those who attend the event will also receive a tour for two at the Cardrona Distillery and a complimentary glass of bubbles, as well as an all-night supper by The Inspired Pantry. 

The event includes a silent auction run on Galabid which features a Starter Business package worth a total of $23,000, alongside 35 other items. The live auction features five exclusive items, including an Escape to Niue Package, a luxury Wanaka Weekend with a Ford Mustang and a Day of Golf with Ben Smith and Mike Hesson. 

Tickets can be purchased at: www.eventfinda.co.nz/2018/bni-dunedin-charity-gala-auction/otago 

To sign up for Galabid go to www.galabid.com/bni18 

 

Otago Community Hospice Education Service 

3000 health professionals received palliative care education via the Otago Community Hospice in the last twelve months. 

The Hospice education service delivers palliative care education to Otago’s health and social services sector, with the aim of ensuring better palliative services at all areas of need, with education sessions such as Palliative Care for Care Assistants, Fundamentals of Palliative Care, Syringe Driver Training and Night Carer Training. 

There are up to 200 people on the Hospice programme at any given time – 500 patients across the calendar year. While these patients are within the hospice service, they are also looked after by a variety of healthcare workers in conjunction with the Hospice service. Our education focus is to support our colleagues to ensure good palliative care is available at all locations in the community. 

Palliative care education is available to all GPs, District Health Nurses Allied Health Workers and Aged Residential Care workers as well as many students studying health-related subjects. 

The education team also collaborates with the Otago University, Otago Polytechnic and Dunedin Hospital to ensure that Medical School students, Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy students and Nursing students get education in palliative care.

Otago Community Hospice Education Service Continues to Grow

20180917 Glenda and Paritai education team


Over 3000 health professionals received palliative care education via the Otago Community Hospice in the last twelve months. 

The Hospice education service often works under the radar, with the Hospice better known for its specialist palliative care service. However, the education team is making significant inroads delivering palliative care education to Otago’s health and social services sector, with the aim of ensuring better palliative services at all areas of need. 

Education Co-ordinator Glenda Hall describes the education service as an integral part of the Hospice’s service, utilising the expertise of the Hospice’s specialist palliative care staff to deliver education around Otago. 

“The education we provide is across the board. Over the year we do education sessions such as Palliative Care for Care Assistants, Fundamentals of Palliative Care and regular sessions for our own staff. We also provide Syringe Driver Training and Night Carer Training. 

“There are up to 200 people on the Hospice programme at any given time – 500 patients across the calendar year. While these patients are within the hospice service, they are also looked after by a variety of healthcare workers in conjunction with the Hospice service. Our education focus is to support our colleagues to ensure good palliative care is available at all locations in the community,” says Ms Hall. 

Palliative care education is available to all GPs, District Health Nurses Allied Health Workers and Aged Residential Care workers as well as many students studying health-related subjects. 

The education team also collaborates with the Otago University, Otago Polytechnic and Dunedin Hospital to ensure that Medical School students, Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy students and Nursing students get education in palliative care. They also run collaborative education study days with District Health Board’s Palliative Care Team. 

“Ensuring valuable clinical placements for many students here at the Hospice is also recognised as a valuable and important aspect of our work. 

“We are definitely making inroads. Over the last five years we’ve grown our education services. There is the increased appreciation and recognition that palliative care belongs in all levels of practice and provision of education is a tangible and valuable way we can improve palliative care in our community.”