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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.”

Upper Clutha Hospice Trust and Otago Community Hospice to work together

The Upper Clutha Hospice Trust and the Otago Community Hospice this week launch a collaboration, which includes fundraising and financial support for hospice services in Wanaka region.

Upper Clutha Hospice Trust Chairman, Russell McGeorge says it is timely for the trust, which funded the Stina Mooyman Palliative and Respite Care Suite at the Enliven Care Centre, and provides other financial support to assist those with terminal illnesses in the Upper Clutha, to contribute to palliative care service delivery in their region by the Otago Community Hospice.

The Upper Clutha Hospice Trust will make a financial contribution of $30,000 to Otago Community Hospice for the 2018-19 financial year. They will also use their deep community links to help out with the Otago Community Hospice’s Annual Collection in 2019 as well as working with fundraising staff to develop new initiatives in the community.

 “We recognize the valuable services provided by the Otago Community Hospice’s community team in the Upper Clutha, and we want to support this service. Not just financially, but also via our team of fundraisers,” says Mr McGeorge.

Otago Community Hospice CEO Ginny Green says this new collaboration is a great step forward for the Hospice service’s sustainability in this region.

 “Wanaka has many challenges, being our fastest growing population and also our most remote.

 “The Trust has gathered great momentum in Wanaka, and we are excited to be working in with them. To have this extra support is very welcome. We have a small fundraising team based in Dunedin, so our fundraising outreach in Wanaka is tricky – having the crack team of fundraisers associated with the Upper Clutha Trust is fabulous.

 “We look forward to growing this partnership.”

Pinot Noir makers donate $25,000

Pinot Noir makers donate $25,000 to Otago Community Hospice Service in Central 

Otago Community Hospice CEO Ginny Green received a very welcome $25,000 this week from the Central Otago Pinot Charitable Trust auction held earlier this year. 

The donation arrived during Hospice Awareness Week, which is the Hospice’s largest fundraising push of the year. 

Every year Central Otago Winegrowers combine to produce a Central Otago Cuvée – and this year that will happen again, using the 2018 vintage. 

Futures on the Celebration Cuvee were sold at the highly successful auction held at the Central Otago Pinot Noir Celebration on 28th January. The auction was conducted on behalf of the Central Otago Pinot Noir Charitable Trust. The Celebration included a series of tastings and workshops by well-known winemakers and pinot noir experts with delegates attending from all round the world. The event concluded with the auction which drew a fantastic response from both New Zealand and overseas bidders. 

Crowe Horwath Partner and charity Chairman Alistair King says that the conference makes a significant amount every year through the auction and this year the Otago Community Hospice was their chosen charity. 

Alistair King said, “We should feel proud of our region’s wine producers who rally together to support local community groups. Otago Community Hospice has a serious need for funding and the Trust is delighted to support them. We would also like to thank our sponsors who helped make the 2018 Celebration and auction an absolute success”. 

Otago Community Hospice CEO Ginny Green described the contribution as significant at a time that use of Hospice services in the Central Otago region are growing. 

“In Central Otago, we are seeing quite some growth in the use of our service. Our team of palliative specialists based in Cromwell are perfectly placed to deliver the wrap-around care that our Hospice service is renowned for. Our team on the ground cover Wanaka, Cromwell and Alexandra – and all the surround areas. Last year alone they covered some 90,000 kms delivering this service. 

This contribution is a wonderful and significant surprise, and is perfectly timed with our Hospice Awareness Week.”

Freemasons celebrate 20 years of fundraising

Otago’s Hospice and Freemasons celebrate 20 years of fundraising

 

This week Otago Community Hospice and the region’s Freemasons celebrate 20 years of collaboration for the Hospice’s Annual Street Appeal.

Freemasons from all over Otago have supported the Hospice by leading the Hospice Awareness Week appeal since 1998.

Hospice CEO Ginny Green describes the partnership as integral to what is one of the charity’s biggest annual fundraisers.

 “The Masons have been incredible across the years, turning up rain or shine to raise funds for our service during Hospice Awareness Week. We are so grateful for their continued and strong support right across our region. And it’s not just during awareness week - they support us with grants and other fundraising efforts throughout each year.”

 In June 1998 an organising committee was formed to assist Hospice with the Annual Street Appeal, with Masonic lodges helping to organise the collection in their local communities. 

 Back in 1998 $7000 was raised. Since then the collection has grown to average $40,000. The funds go directly towards service provision for the 700 people on the Hospice programme each year. 

Freemason Mel Darling, the chairman of the appeal’s organizing group, says that charity is one of the cornerstones of Freemasonry.

 “The association with the Hospice is rewarding; to be able to directly assist the hospice in supporting the terminally ill and their families all over Otago is a real privilege.

There is now a legacy for the Freemasons, and we are very proud of what we have achieved as a group for the Hospice.”