Hospice Awareness Week is a great time to think about what matters to you and discuss it with those closest to you, your family and friends. Take some time to think and talk about what you value, what you appreciate and what makes you happy – people, experiences or possessions.
Each year hospices plan a range of events and activities to assist communities in better understanding the services we provide, the importance of end of life care and also a chance to have fun and make a donation.
Here is a selection of events that are planned for 2013;
We all know our lives will end sometime, but most of us put off thinking about it until something happens.
Then we worry about what will happen if things get life-threatening. And because our whanau/family and friends may be upset for us, it sometimes isn’t easy to talk to them about what we want as a patient – what medical treatment we would want if the worst happened and our mental and physical abilities were severely damaged.
If we take the time to make plans, it will give them the information they need. If in future we could no longer speak for ourselves, they could get us the treatment and care we hope for. They would not have to guess what we want.
Well where do you start? – you start by coming to hear Dr Barry Snow the chairperson of Advance Care Planning for NZ. On Monday 13th May, 5.30pm at Te Rangimarie Hospice, 5 David St – phone Rose or Mary 06 753 7830 to reserve your seat, there is a fee of $10.
The time to make an advance care plan is now – whatever your age or state of health.
Click here to view the flyer for this meeting.
Sunday 19th May there will be an Open Day at Te Rangimarie Hospice, 5 David St, Westown New Plymouth, come and view the recently completed and opened Noel & Melva Yarrow Wing. This is a chance to say thank you to the community for their on-going support your invitation to come and have a look at how the new wing improves our services.
Everyone is invited to come along between 10am and 2pm and every hour there will be a tour of the facilities.
The Te Rangimarie Hospice Open Day is a great chance for people to find out more about the service and facilities we provide to the people of Taranaki, and to see the facilities first hand.
May 17th – look out for volunteer collectors and please give generously.
Our wonderful band of Volunteers are back outside Paper Plus for the duration of Hospice Awareness Week – 13th to 17th May 2013 starting 10am until 2pm. Each day a scrumptious, freshly baked Chocolate Cake will be raffled and drawn daily, for 5 days. Also up for raffle is a hamper full of non-perishable grocery items – something in there for everyone. Tickets will be available over the 5 days so be in to win. All funds raised will be utilised for the betterment of patient services in our Far North area. With no increase in Government funding for a number of years, it is more important than ever that our community supports the Volunteers in raising funds. The Volunteers will also be able to answer queries and provide an awareness of the professional services our Far North Community Hospice delivers.
From Thursday 16th May through to Sunday 19th May various shopping malls, supermarkets and street corners around Auckland City will host our wonderful volunteers who will be collecting donations for Mercy Hospice Auckland. Please be sure to carry some cash on you and keep an eye out for them. Your donation will go towards our vital work caring for Auckland patients facing life-limiting illness as well as their families.
We would love you to take a break with friends, family and/or colleagues and support Mercy Hospice Auckland. If you would like to host a Hospice Cuppa to raise funds for Mercy Hospice Auckland, we can send you a Hospice Cuppa pack. This pack includes, invite cards with gorgeous recipes on the back, Caffe L’affare coffee, Dilmah tea bags and a poster. All you need to do is register your cuppa on our website and put together a morning tea, afternoon tea, cocktail party or whatever you like, invite your friends, family and/or colleagues and ask them to give a donation to Mercy Hospice Auckland. You can make your ‘Cuppa’ as simple or extravagant as you like. It is entirely up to you.
For fun Cuppa ideas and to register your Mercy Hospice Cuppa event visit www.hospicecuppa.co.nz or contact 09 361-5966.
The first 75 people to register for a Mercy Hospice Auckland Cuppa by 5pm Friday 10th May 2013 will be invited, along with one friend, to have either morning tea, afternoon tea or evening wine and nibbles aboard the stunning super-yacht Pacific Mermaid (Thursday 16th May).
We would also like to ask all of our Supporters, during this very special time of the year, to consider making a donation towards our Mercy Hospice Auckland 2013 Annual Appeal.
Through all three activities we are hoping to raise $200,000 to help cover the annual Patient Services costs involved with running our 13-bed In-Patient Unit facility. Donations will help resource the IPU with vital medical supplies and pharmaceuticals enabling Mercy’s specialist team to support patients to be symptom free and comfortable. They will also help pay for other aspects of treatment such as x-rays, ambulance transportation and the rental of specialist palliative care equipment.
To make a donation visit www.mercyhospice.org.nz or contact 09 361-5966.
Thursday 16 May, 10am – 3.30pm
6 Flagstaff Terrace, Devonport
Come and view the exclusive private oasis of the Peace & Tranquility Inn in Devonport, Auckland.
For one day only the luxurious, splendidly decorated rooms will be open to the public, along with the stunningly tranquil tropical garden. Usually house guests are the only ones who get to enjoy Devonport the way it was in one of our most stately and original homesteads. Enjoy a complimentary cup of tea or coffee, and slice. “What a lovely hour or so we spent in this beautiful old home. A cup of tea, something sweet and great company with fellow Hospice supporters. Can’t wait to do it again this year” – Carol.
Tickets $10 – please order your tickets online here or visit us at Hospice North Shore (Reception, 7 Shea Terrace, Takapuna).
Hospice Kaipara is celebrating its 21st birthday and will celebrate during Hospice Awareness Week with a dance gig at the Dargaville Town Hall. A 16 piece band called the Basin City Big Band & vocalist will entertain alongside the InStep Dance Academy from Whangarei. A fruit cake, saturated with brandy, has been maturing at a secure location and will be professionally iced by a friend of hospice, volunteers will provide supper & non alcoholic beverages which is all included in the ticket price of $20. Click here for the poster of this fun event.
An Afternoon in Paris
High Tea the Garden
Sunday 12th May
Cooks Garden Function Centre
Tickets are $50 and include: complimentary bubbles or pink lemonade, traditional and French style High Tea Fare, full tea service provided by Dilmah, entertainment and music, fabulous Mothers Day prizes to be won.
Either search for the Cooks Gardens Facebook page or call the Events Manager on (06) 349 1842. $10 from each ticket donated to Hospice.
Wanganui Hot Rod Club – Show ‘n’ Shine
Sunday 19th May
Free to attend - collectors for Hospice will be present.
Other ways you can support Hospice Wanganui:
Visit the static displays at each shop and at the Hospice Inpatient Unit, about hospice philosophy and services.
Beginning Monday 13th, until Sunday 19th - Add a dollar campaign at Pak ‘n Save Supermarket
Tuesday 14th – our version of Masterchef cooking demo’s and sampling at the Wanganui East store 11am-1pm
Wednesday 15th – One lucky customer will win the value of their purchase at the Tawa Street store – runs during trading hours
Thursday 16th – Fashion Meander at the Hospice Boutique. Staff will put style and model a variety of ‘looks’ from the clothing in-store. Customers will be able to chat to the models and purchase the clothing off their back! 11am-1pm.
Friday 17th – for invited guests, at Hospice, the launch of ‘Nourishing Moments’ a guide to food and eating for those with advanced, life-limiting condition
May is the month of Te Omanga’s $1000 Corporate Challenge, where your office or business is challenged to raise $1000 or more for Te Omanga Hospice.
Run a raffle, have a cake sale, organise a special morning tea or come up with your very own fundraising idea. Every donation if gratefully received and publicly acknowledged.
To find out more about any of these events please visit our website
Tuesday 14th May and Wednesday 15th May – Gisborne CBD
Support Hospice by making a donation to our street appeal. All money stays locally and will be used to provide free Hospice care to the people of Tairawhiti.
Tuesday 14th May and Wednesday 15th May – Gisborne CBD
It’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day and forget what really matters to you. Before I Die is a global public art project that invites people to reflect on their lives and share their personal aspirations in a public place. As part of Hospice week we invite you to come and find us and add to our local Before I Die board.
Friday 17th May, 7pm - Lawson Field Theatre
Hospice Tairawhiti's annual major fundraiser is back with an exciting new twist!
Glitz and glamour, cocktails and canapes, live music, wine and art auction and casino entertainment - a night not to be missed! Tickets $75
Friday 17 May - click here for the flyer
Win a car raffle – click here for the flyer
16th 17th 18th May
Saturday 18th May - click here for the flyer
To find out more about any of these events please contact your local hospice - you can find their details here.
If you would like to make a donation to any hospice around the country please click here.
Thank you for support during Hospice Awareness Week 2013