Write up your bucket list for hospice

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Nik­i­taWil­liams has gone to great lengths to tick off a bucket list item in support of Waipuna Hospice aware­ness week.

She’s gone all the way to Waikiki, Hon­olulu, for surf lessons.

But the Metro Mar­ket­ing se­nior graphic de­signer says it’s not too oner­ous a task. Surf lessons in Hawaii have been on her bucket list for as long as she can re­mem­ber. And, when the newly-wed and her hus­band Rus­sell choseHawaii as their hol­i­day des­ti­na­tion she de­cided it was time to tick of that bucket list item.

Nikita is keen to make her surf lessons at Waikiki count— ben­e­fit­ing more than just her­self. She’d heard about Waipuna Hospice’s bucket list chal­lenge and was keen to jump on board in support.

The chal­lenge in­volves tak­ing a photo of your­self tack­ling a bucket list item, shar­ing the photo with the hash­tag #WHBuck­etListChal­lenge, and then tag­ging friends and fam­ily to get them in­volved. There’s the op­por­tu­nity to also donate to make it count via www.waipuna­hos­pice.org.nz The chal­lenge is part of Waipuna Hospice’s aware­ness week, which falls in May.

Nikita says she likes the fact that any money she raises may help some­one us­ing Waipuna Hospice ser­vices to tackle one of their own bucket list items.

Waipuna Hospice mar­ket­ing and fundrais­ing direc­tor Sas Pearce says her or­gan­i­sa­tion’s aware­ness week has a fo­cus on bucket lists for a good rea­son.

“We want to en­cour­age peo­ple to live life to the full and tackle things on their bucket list. So of­ten we hear peo­ple say: ‘I would love to do… one day’. We­want to en­cour­age peo­ple to make to­day that one day and do some­thing they love to­day rather than wait­ing un­til they are fac­ing end of life,” Sas says.

The aware­ness week, which is fromMay 14-20 will fo­cus on ed­u­cat­ing the lo­cal com­mu­nity about how Waipuna Hospice help peo­ple who are fac­ing end of life — and as­sists their fam­i­lies too.

Sas says peo­ple are of­ten not aware that hos­pices pro­vide care for peo­ple of any age, with any life-lim­it­ing con­di­tion. Hospice cares for fam­i­lies and their care­givers, both be­fore and af­ter death.

“We want to break some bar­ri­ers and have peo­ple come away from our aware­ness week think­ing about things like ad­vanced care plan­ning and what hospice does”.

WISH­LIST: Nikita Wil­liams has achieved one of her dreams, surf­ing in Waikiki.

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