Hospice NZ is committed to growing leaders in hospice palliative care. In 2019, thanks to the ongoing support of our national partners, BNI New Zealand, Hospice NZ was able to award 10 study scholarships to hospice staff members across the country.
BNI New Zealand has sponsored the BNI Palliative Care Scholarships Programme since 2007, donating more than $161,000 in that time to fully fund the programme. Each year, the scholarships continue to be sought after by high calibre applicants.
Hospice NZ Chief Executive, Mary Schumacher says, “Hospice care is unique in that we care for the ‘whole person’ – which means physical, spiritual, emotional and social needs are equally important. With BNI’s support for our allied health professionals through the scholarship programme, together we are ensuring there is a highly skilled workforce committed to caring for people in the best possible way as they approach the end of life. We are sincerely grateful to BNI for their commitment to the philosophy of ‘Givers Gain’ and the work of Hospice.”
Graham Southwell, National Director of BNI New Zealand, says there is a perfect synergy between our two organisations due to our shared values. “BNI’s philosophy is about ‘Givers’ Gain®’ and growing successful businesses within the community they operate in. Hospice is about supporting the communities in which people live. Doing good is good for business. Both of our organisations share values of people connecting with people, and developing relationships based on trust”.
BNI New Zealand, established in 1999, is the country’s largest and most successful structured business networking organisation for small to medium businesses. With over 2600 members and 120 groups around the country, members are on target to exceed $100 million in revenue generated through BNI New Zealand each year.
As a business community, BNI helps create business opportunities through a structured system of referrals and reciprocity, based on trust and giving. Business owners from all types of industries (only one trade representative per group) meet weekly. They build sustainable relationships with other businesses, develop new networks and practice BNI’s underlying philosophy of ‘Givers Gain’ to grow their businesses.
About the Scholarships
The scholarships cover tuition/course fees of up to $1,000 each for post graduate study via an accredited institution. Since 2007, BNI has been supporting hospice staff members to complete post graduate education via the BNI Palliative Care Scholarships programme. Over this time, BNI has donated more than $145,000 to fully fund the programme. Applications open in October/November each year for study in the following academic year. All clinical staff employed by hospice that meet the criteria are eligible to apply.