Hospice trust fundrais­ing un­der way

Li­ons club or­gan­is­ing walk­ing event to raise funds af­ter shop bur­gled

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS - By JES­SICA MAD­DOCK

Fundrais­ing be­gins this month for pal­lia­tive, hospice and respite care ser­vices in Wanaka. With the clos­est ser­vices an hour’s drive from Wanaka, at Dunstan Hos­pi­tal in Clyde, some com­mu­nity mem­bers be­gan in­ves­ti­gat­ing pro­vid­ing op­tions in the town last year. On find­ing the pro­posal had po­ten­tial, the group formed the Up­per Clutha Hospice Trust this year. Chair­per­son Rus­sell McGeorge said the trust was only in the early stages of plan­ning how to pro­vide the ser­vices in Wanaka, but at this stage was hop­ing to lease one or two beds in the As­pir­ing Life­style Re­tire­ment Vil­lage’s pro­posed geri­atric hos­pi­tal. The beds would be for pa­tients need­ing pal­lia­tive or hospice care, care­givers re­quir­ing respite care for a pa­tient, or for a per­son a lo­cal doc­tor said needed ob­ser­va­tion, but was not un­well enough to war­rant ad­mit­tance to Dunstan Hos­pi­tal. ‘‘It’s very early days... we don’t know how much the com­mu­nity can raise. There’s a lot of un­knowns – we are work­ing our way through them,’’ Mr McGeorge said. A Wanaka Up­per Clutha Li­ons Club fundraiser called Walk For Our Wanaka Hospice will take place through­out late Oc­to­ber and Novem­ber to raise money. A hospice shop also opened on Ballantyne Rd in Wanaka and there was an out­pour­ing of dis­gust in the com­mu­nity when the shop was bro­ken into last month and sil­ver­ware and jew­ellery taken, among other items. The shop re­ceived an in­flux of do­na­tions fol­low­ing the bur­glary.

Wanaka Up­per Clutha Li­ons fundraiser called Walk For Our Wanaka Hospice

Oc­to­ber 19 to Novem­ber CCTV footage showed a tall slim man who ran from the shop on to Ballantyne Rd. At the time of writ­ing, se­nior Se­nior con­sta­ble Mike John­ston said some of the stolen items had been re­cov­ered and in­ves­ti­ga­tions were con­tin­u­ing.


Walk­ing for Wanaka: Wanaka Up­per Clutha Li­ons Club mem­bers Bev Chatwin, Jo Harper and Chris­tel Bohm, all of Wanaka, prac­tice record­ing their steps on a pe­dome­ter in readi­ness for a fundraiser for hospice ser­vices in the town.

What: When: 29 How it works:

Form a team of four peo­ple, choose a team name and a cap­tain

Ob­tain a pe­dome­ter each (th­ese can be pur­chased from The Ware­house from $4)

Each week the cap­tain will email the team’s to­tal num­ber of steps to the fundraiser or­gan­is­ers

The steps will be placed on a map of New Zealand so teams can see how far they have walked (peo­ple can also ac­crue steps by cy­cling and swim­ming) Cost: $100 per team (all of which goes to the Up­per Clutha Hospice Trust) En­ter: email bmacken­zie5@ya­hoo.com.au or call 0275 214 980

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