Hospice launches craft beer
The Otago Community Hospice is hopping into its annual awareness week - quite literally.
The hospice is launching a craft beer during the seven-day appeal, which starts on Monday and goes until May 21.
‘‘Ginger Ninja’’ was brewed at the southern-most brewery in New Zealand, the Catlins Brewery at Kaka Point.
Punters will get their first taste at signature event Hops for Hospice, on Saturday May 20, from 5pm to 8pm, at the Otago Polytechnic Hub, Forth Street, in Dunedin.
The hospice brew is a collaboration between Hospice Awareness Week and Otago Polytechnic Nursing senior lecturer and clinical supervisor, Vicki YarkerJones. The nurses came up with the initial idea.
Yarker-Jones, well known in Otago as Vicki Purple for her favourite colour and matching personality, described it as ‘‘a beautiful Vienna Lager’’.
‘‘If it were a dance, this beer would be a Viennese Waltz,’’ she said.
It consists of her special ginger preparation - root, syrup and seeped in vodka - to infuse into the lager.
And in a nod to ginger’s therapeutic properties, the cancer survivor and keen amateur brewer named the brew ‘Ginger Ninja’.
It will be showcased alongside five other craft beers from around Otago and matched with food from a menu designed by the polytech’s Food Design Institute.
Hops for Hospice is the only public event the hospice will be running during the appeal week.
Otago Community Hospice chief executive Ginny Green, who has just celebrated 10 years in the role, said awareness week was a fundraiser, and ’’a time to reflect on how we live well and die well in Otago’’.
In her time, the numbers of patients had more than doubled. In 2007, the hospice cared for about 80 patients at any given time, compared with 210 today. Staff numbers had increased from 50 to 100, and 80 per cent of these staff were directly involved in patient care, with 81 per cent of them holding post graduate qualifications in palliative care.
In Otago, only a third of patients will ever require an admission into the inpatient facility of a hospital, because of the hospice. The hospice has to raise more than $2m every year to cover the difference in government funding and operating expenses.
Otago Community Hospice is launching a craft beer as part of its annual hospice awareness week fundraiser.