Hospices across the country have been overwhelmed by the generous support of Farmers stores and customers in the lead up to Christmas. The annual Farmers Christmas Campaign has raised just under $932,000 for hospices this year.
Over 15,000 limited edition Christmas baubles were sold, with Farmers donating the full $15.99 from every purchase. Farmers customers were also able to donate via a ‘Tree of Remembrance’ placed in each store, with 100% of the donations from your local store going to your local hospice.
Wayne Naylor, Te Kahu Pairuri o Aotearoa / Hospice New Zealand Chief Executive says:
“The generosity of Farmers customers and the support of Farmers stores and staff is once again, astounding. Thanks to these incredible efforts hospice care can remain available and free for all those who need it.
The Farmers Christmas Charity Campaign brings much needed financial support to the hospices in the same community that raised the funds. To know that over $930,000 has been raised through donations and the sale of the special Christmas bauble is just incredible and we are extremely grateful.”
Now in its tenth year, the Farmers Christmas Campaign has raised in full nearly $8M, helping to ensure anyone with a life-limiting illness can access hospice care, so they can live life well until the end.
As an essential health service provider, hospice services receive the majority of funding from the Government; but financial support from the community is essential to meet the shortfall – each year hospice services need to fundraise more than $94 million nationally.
Once again Farmers staff have been incredible ambassadors for hospices, not only helping to raise funds, but also helping the community to better understand the work hospices do. The awareness raising that comes from partnering with Farmers is invaluable. The enthusiasm and commitment from all staff and the people of Farmers has contributed to this amazing result, thank you so much
Michael Power, Chief Financial Officer of Farmers says, “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. Farmers has been at the heart of New Zealand communities for over 110 years. We are delighted to make a positive difference in our communities through our long-standing relationship with Hospice.