Hearts and Homes fundraiser a huge hit

The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS - RICHARD MAYS

‘‘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

PHOTO DAVID UN­WIN/FAIR­FAX NZ

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.

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