Her mis­sion: to raise $10 mil­lion

The Hutt News - - FRONT PAGE - NI­CHOLAS BOYACK

Les­ley Slieker is on a mis­sion - to raise $10 mil­lion for Te Omanga Hospice.

The Hutt Val­ley hospice is re­plac­ing its earth­quake-prone Woburn build­ing with a pur­pose­built fa­cil­ity.

The project co­or­di­na­tor has en­joyed suc­cess be­fore, rais­ing $16.3m for Ron­ald McDon­ald House in Welling­ton.

But find­ing $10m, which roughly equates to $83 per fam­ily in the Hutt Val­ley, will not be easy.

Slieker has 12 months to raise the money and is push­ing the mes­sage that a con­certed com­mu­nity ef­fort is needed.

If a busi­ness, school, club or char­ity is plan­ning a fun run, mufti day, film evening or sausage siz­zle, Slieker wants Te Omanga to be their char­ity of choice

‘‘It could be that Jenny de­cides to make muffins for ev­ery­body at work and makes $100. The next time the staff go to a movie, if they all a pay an ex­tra $5, that is another $100.

‘‘It is all about lots and lots of peo­ple do­ing lots and lots of things that will raise the money.’’

With a bit of cre­ative think­ing most busi­nesses can find an easy way to sup­port the hospice.

‘‘I said to some real es­tate agents, ‘do you still give peo­ple a bot­tle of wine and a bunch of flow­ers’ and they said ‘yes’. I said ‘give them a bot­tle of wine with a note say­ing you have given the hospice $50’.’’

One of her most suc­cess­ful fundrais­ers for Ron­ald McDon­ald House was when a small Li­on­ess club ap­proached her of­fer­ing to raise $30,000 to fit out a room.

Slieker pointed out that group only had a few mem­bers and was strug­gling to raise money. The Lionesses took on the chal­lenge and proved her wrong.

‘‘They raised an ex­tra $5000 and they also dou­bled their mem­ber­ship.’’

Fundrais­ing is also a good way for busi­nesses to en­gage with their staff and de­velop ca­ma­raderie, she said.

Al­though Slieker has a tight time­frame, she is con­fi­dent of suc­cess.

‘‘It is a mas­sive chal­lenge but there is a mas­sive need.

‘‘The chal­lenge of rais­ing $10m is noth­ing com­pared to the chal­lenge pa­tients and fam­ily will face over the next 12 months and that is what makes my job worth­while.’’

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