Dunedin and Oamaru Farmers raise $40,000 for Otago Community Hospice
Farmers annual hospice campaign in Otago has raised a record $40,124 for Otago Community Hospice services.
As part of a nation-wide campaign, In the weeks leading up to Christmas, the Caring Connections in our Community event gives Farmers’ customers the opportunity to remember someone special to them, and to make a donation or buy a limited-edition bauble in support of the work of hospice.
The nation-wide campaign made a record-breaking total of $768,162.
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.
CEO of Otago Community Hospice, Ginny Green says Oamaru and Dunedin Farmers’ staff have always been incredible supporters of the hospice.
“We are exceptionally grateful for their year-on-year support. It is a significant chunk of money, and we can’t thank the teams at Farmers enough for the way they embrace the campaign and help us build awareness of our Otago Hospice.”
Mary Schumacher, Chief Executive of Hospice NZ, says, “Our heart-felt thanks to everyone who contributed to this extraordinary result. The funds raised will make a real difference for people using hospice services throughout New Zealand. It’s humbling to see the way people come together for this event to remember their loved ones and to ensure their community’s hospice service remains free of charge. We are incredibly grateful to everyone at Farmers for being such wonderful ambassadors for hospice, and to their customers for their generosity and kindness.”
Michael Power, acting Chief Executive of Farmers and Chief Financial Officer says, “The delivery of a national store-wide approach to our charity campaigns helps build a meaningful opportunity to connect with the community, as our staff work in unison toward a common goal. At Farmers we are extremely proud of the amount raised during our Christmas hospice campaign through a combined effort and generous donations made by our customers, our staff and our business. It’s heart-warming to know the positive difference it will make in our communities.”
Hospice Shop Gets New Truck For About Town
Otago Community Hospice’s two Dunedin shops are putting to use the capacity of their new truck, co-funded by the Dunedin Casino Charitable Trust.
The truck was purchased with a cornerstone grant of $20,000 from the Casino trust, and other donated funds.
Hospice CEO Ginny Green says with changing health and safety requirements, and increasing number of pick ups, including plenty of furniture moving meant that finding funding for a bigger, better-equipped truck became urgent at the beginning of this year.
“It was fantastic to get the $20,000 grant from the Dunedin Casino Charitable Trust, which made the truck purchase possible.”
Bond Street Store Manager Cat Callanan says the truck has revolutionized shop pick ups for her and the shop team, being a lot bigger and having a hydraulic lift.
Hon Stan Rodger, the Chairman of the Dunedin Casino Charitable Trust says the Trust was thrilled to be able to help with the purchase of the vehicle.
“The work of the Otago Hospice is so very important to many vulnerable people and their families. The truck will clearly be of considerable assistance in the fund-raising activities of the Hospice.”
There are seven Hospice Shops operating in several locations throughout Otago and they are a key part of the Hospice’s fundraising initiatives. This year the shops are forecast to contribute approximately 800,000 towards the hospice’s 2.4 million fundraising target.
Farmers Campaign contributes directly to Hospice Services in Otago
Farmers annual Tree of Remembrance hospice campaign has started at Oamaru and Dunedin Farmers stores.
As part of a nation-wide campaign, the Farmers Tree of Remembrance gives shoppers a opportunity to remember someone special in the lead up to Christmas – for a small donation, visitors get a special card to write a personal message on, which can be hung on the tree in-store.
There is also a campaign-specific Christmas bauble designed by young designer Jemma Smith. These baubles are available at both Farmers stores with 100% of the $10 purchase price going directly to the hospice services in each store’s region.
CEO of Otago Community Hospice, Ginny Green says Oamaru and Dunedin Farmers have always been great supporters of the hospice.
“We are always overwhelmed by how incredible the staff and management are at Farmers, they really commit to this campaign, helping us get the messages out about hospice as well as raising significant funds for services in their region.
And this year the campaign is even more potent, as our Otago Community Hospice Services will be more visible in the near future when the North Otago Hospice Hub opens in mid-2018, providing a purpose-built space for the Otago Community Hospice’s Patient Services, Hospice Education Services and the new Hospice Store.”
Farmers store Dunedin Manager, Shelly Amezcua says the store customers appreciate that all donations raised in store remain in their local community to support friends and loved ones here.
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.”