Hearts and Homes fundraiser a huge hit
‘‘We’re absolutely thrilled!’’
A record-breaking Arohanui Hospice Hearts and Homes 2015 has its organisers ecstatic.
Overjoyed about the outcome of last month’s fundraiser, event coordinator Robyn Naylor says the 10 locations on the bienniel tour attracted a record number of visitors. 1600 participants turned out to look through nine immaculately presented homes and one retail store.
That’s up, she says from the 1300 who attended when Hearts and Homes was last held in 2013. $107,000 was raised back then; this year the total reached $116,500.
The Hearts and Homes team had targeted a wider base of people for this year’s event, and the strategy obviously paid off.
‘‘It is fantastic to have been able to set a new record," Robyn says. ‘‘We aimed for 1500 attendees, so to reach over 1600 was just brilliant.’’
The hospice, she says owes a huge debt of gratitude to sponsors, the homeowners and the teams of volunteers for their support.
‘‘It wouldn’t have been such a success if it weren’t for the close to 350 volunteers who helped with elements of organising and running the event.
‘‘We have also been truly fortunate with the support we have received from our sponsors, and special mention needs to be made of our main sponsors Steelfort, and Mirage – their generosity has been outstanding.’’
Thanks too, Robyn says to Therese Regan of Furniture Fair.
‘‘It wouldn’t have been such a success if it weren’t for the close to 350 volunteers.’’ Event coordinator Robyn Naylor
Checking out the lavish Christmas decorations at Furniture Fair on Rangitikei St, the sole retail contributor to this year’s Arohanui Hospice record-breaking Hearts and Homes tour.