Big knees up for hospice

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

St Pa­trick’s Day is coming and Mercy Hospice Auck­land would like you to join it for a gi­ant cel­e­bra­tion of all things Ir­ish.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion is putting on the O’Party, a fundrais­ing din­ner and dance at Auck­land Mu­seum Events Cen­tre.

The hospice cares for Auck­lan­ders with life­lim­it­ing ill­nesses and its ser­vices are free of charge.

This year the fundrais­ing team needs $2.3 mil­lion and events man­ager Les­ley Daw­son hopes the O’Party will bring in around $80,000.

One of the ma­jor sup­port­ers of the event is the Hugh Green Foun­da­tion. Mr Green was an Auck­land busi­ness­man and phi­lan­thropist who em­i­grated from Ire­land. He died last year and Mercy Hospice cared for him at the end of his life.

The hospice also has its roots in Ir­ish soil. The first House of Mercy was built in Dublin in 1827 and the first Sis­ters of Mercy trav­elled to New Zealand in 1850.

Guests at the O’Party are en­cour­aged to dress up in green and come pre­pared to bid and buy from the many auc­tion and raf­fle items.

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