A mis­sion to raise $10 mil­lion

Upper Hutt Leader - - CONVERSATIONS - NICHOLAS BOYACK

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

The Hutt Val­ley hos­pice is re­plac­ing its earth­quake-prone Woburn build­ing with a pur­pose-built 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.’’

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.’’

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

Les­ley.Slieker@teo­manga.org.nz

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