Phoenix aims to rise again for hospice
For 30 years the Phoenix Club of New Zealand has raised funds for the palliative care of cancer patients in hospitals and hospices throughout Auckland.
But now it’s in desperate need of new volunteers after its membership dwindled from 50 to just 12.
The group has donated wheelchairs, mattresses, lazyboy chairs and other furniture for new hospice rooms and items for the Child Cancer Foundation building.
Phoenix has also donated medical equipment, morphine pumps, thermometers, safety alarms, pulse monitors, massage tables and blood pressure units to hospices in the Auckland area.
Hospice North Shore, Hospice West Auckland, Dove House in Remuera, Starship, Kidz First and Mercy Hospice have all been recipients of palliative care equipment from Phoenix over the years.
Another of the group’s major activities has been to print the Radiation Booklet given to every patient in the Auckland area undergoing radiation. The booklet has been reprinted every three years at a cost of around $5000.
The group meets every two months to discuss the fundraising activities and decide on its next recipient.