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Re­mem­brance tree helps you and hospice

Leave ames­sage for loved ones we can’t be with at Christ­mas

- Society · Thrift Shops · Charity · Katikati · New Zealand

Christ­mas is a time­when­the loss of loved ones can be strongly felt. Waipuna Hospice, in part­ner­ship with HospiceNew Zealand and Farm­ers, are once again giv­ing our com­mu­nity the chance to re­mem­ber those held dear with their Re­mem­branceTree Ap­peal.

The Waipuna Hospice Re­mem­branceTree Ap­peal is a time when­the com­mu­nity is en­cour­aged to leave ames­sage on aChrist­mas tree for their loved ones, re­mem­ber­ing those­whothey can’t be with. In re­turn, ado­na­tion is­made which goes di­rectly back to help­ing those in our com­mu­nity fac­ing a life­lim­it­ing ill­ness through the work of Waipuna Hospice.

There are two sites in Katikati this year, in­clud­ing the Katikati Waipuna Hospice Char­ity Shop, and Katikati Count­down.

The per­sonal notes are away for those griev­ing a loved one or miss­ing some­one abroad, lead­ing upto what can of­ten be a chal­leng­ing fes­tive sea­son, to gain a lit­tle com­fort while also help­ing Waipuna Hospice raise cru­cial funds to help meet a short­fall in op­er­at­ing costs.

“Last year, thanks to our gen­er­ous com­mu­nity and the on­go­ing sup­port from Farm­ers, weraised over $56,0000 in funds.

“The­moneyraise­d from this cam­paign makes ahuge con­tri­bu­tion to­wards meet­ing our $4.25 mil­lion short­fall to keep pal­lia­tive care freely ac­ces­si­ble for our pa­tients, and with so­muchuncer­tainty due to the global Covid-19 pan­demic, our ef­forts this year are­more im­por­tant than ever,” says Waipuna Hospice chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Richard Thur­low.

Giv­ing voice to grief through writ­ing a card to ex­press what peo­ple feel can be a com­fort­ing ex­er­cise.

Chil­dren can write an­ote to their late grand­par­ent or par­ent abouthow they miss them orhowspe­cial they were to them.

Ahus­band could re­mem­ber his late wife, or a sis­ter­may­write to her sib­ling­who­can no longer cel­e­brate with her.

How­ever, it’s not just about re­mem­ber­ing­some­onewho­has died — it could be think­ing of fam­ily mem­ber­swho­live over­seas or in other parts of the coun­try that you can’t be with this year.

“The im­pact of Covid-19 on our com­mu­nity, and our coun­try, is im­mense,” says Richard.

“Many fam­i­lies are go­ing to go through a sense of griefwhen­they are un­able to con­nect with fam­ily mem­ber­sthis Christ­mas due to travel re­stric­tions and lock­down re­quire­ments. It­maybe the first time that­some fam­i­lies haven’t been to­gether for Christ­mas, and that will have a greater im­pact than­many re­alise.

“We­want ourRe­mem­branceTree cam­paign to bring them­com­fort too, andween­cour­age our com­mu­nity to not only re­mem­ber their de­ceased, but their over­seas fam­ily too.”

2020 is the sev­enth year that Farm­ers staff and cus­tomers will join to­gether to raise funds, to keep hospice care free of charge in ev­ery com­mu­nity across Aotearoa. The lim­ited edi­tion Hospice bauble which is­nowavail­able to pur­chase for $10 at Farm­ers Bay­fair and The Cross­ing helps raise those es­sen­tial funds.

This year’s bauble is Com­fort by Hospice, which is in­spired by the wrap-around care and com­pas­sion­ate sup­port hospice ser­vices pro­vide to pa­tients and their wha¯nau.

We want our Re­mem­brance Tree cam­paign to bring them com­fort too, and we en­cour­age our com­mu­nity to not only re­mem­ber their de­ceased, but their over­seas fam­ily too. Richard Thur­low Waipuna Hospice chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer

 ??  ?? Waipuna Hospice vol­un­teer Denise Ver­coe with this year’s pur­ple Christ­mas bauble.
Waipuna Hospice vol­un­teer Denise Ver­coe with this year’s pur­ple Christ­mas bauble.

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