Hospice trust fundraising under way
Lions club organising walking event to raise funds after shop burgled
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0275 214 980