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With zeal to show love and com­pas­sion to the need­i­est peo­ple in so­ci­ety, Sun­shine Coast Hos­pice pre­sented a pos­i­tive an­nual re­port for the year 2017/2018 last Thursday morn­ing.

Stake­hold­ers from dif­fer­ent branches and de­part­ments pre­sented re­ports that re­flected ded­i­ca­tion and com­mit­ment as the key to the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s suc­cess.

Sun­shine Coast Hos­pice chair­man Terry Har­ris ex­pressed de­light at the turnout be­fore giv­ing the first speaker the podium.

Rep­re­sent­ing the Gra­ham­stown Hos­pice board was vice-chair Lynette Marais.

Talk­ing about the ac­tiv­i­ties in which staff and vol­un­teers had par­tic­i­pated, Marais said: “It has been a pos­i­tive year, pro­duc­tive across our var­i­ous de­part­ments, from clin­i­cal ser­vices, to HR and fi­nan­cial ad­min­is­tra­tion, to lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional fundrais­ing.”

She spoke fondly of di­rec­tor Tr­ish Gil­lies, who does not stop grow­ing in her strong and sen­si­tive lead­er­ship of their hos­pice.

Marais said Gil­lies headed up both their clin­i­cal team of ded­i­cated and com­pas­sion­ate doc­tors, nurses and care work­ers in the pro­vi­sion of high qual­ity holis­tic pal­lia­tive care to all, and their vi­tal ad­min­is­tra­tive and fundrais­ing team of staff and vol­un­teers.

“A sig­nif­i­cant good­bye has been the re­tire­ment of our Sun­shine Coast founder and doyen of fundrais­ing and pa­tient care Zelda El­liot who leaves a re­mark­able legacy of re­sources gath­ered,” Marais said.

“It is of great com­fort how­ever that in her stead An­gela Hib­bert has taken up this man­age­ment po­si­tion with her in im­itable pas­sion and en­ergy,” she said.

She fur­ther whole­heart­edly thanked their fun­ders like Usaid, through the Univer­sity Re­search Coun­cil.

She also thanked the Na­tional Lot­tery Com­mis­sion, Haven Hos­pice in Florida, the US, lo­cal pri­mary and high schools, Pick n Pay, Port Al­fred SPAR, Round Table in Port Al­fred, Ro­tary Clubs in Gra­ham­stown and Ken­ton-on-Sea, and GBS Mu­tual Bank whom all have been fi­nan­cial pil­lars of strength.

“I can­not con­clude without reaf­firm­ing that we ex­ist for our pa­tients and their fam­i­lies.”

Giv­ing the di­rec­tor’s re­port, Gil­lies said Gra­ham­stown and Sun­shine Coast Hos­pice were hon­oured and priv­i­leged to have served 894 pa­tients and their fam­i­lies in the Makana and Nd­lambe dis­tricts.

“Our teams cared for 350 pa­tients per month, com­plet­ing a to­tal of 8,200 home vis­its over the past year.”

In­di­cat­ing the con­di­tions un­der which they work, Gil­lies lamented that hos­pice’s work was emo­tion­ally drain­ing and there­fore thanked her col­leagues for their end­less sup­port of pa­tients and fam­i­lies.

Pre­sent­ing the fi­nance re­port was Ja­nine Peinke, who said dur­ing the past year they had part­nered with the depart­ment of health, Usaid, the Foun­da­tion for Pro­fes­sional De­vel­op­ment and the Na­tional Lot­tery Com­mis­sion.

She said hos­pice’s sources of in­come were char­ity shops, fundrais­ing, donors and grants.

“Gra­ham­stown and Sun­shine Coast Hos­pice are very well sup­ported by the com­mu­ni­ties we serve,” she said.

Hib­bert con­cluded the pre­sen­ta­tion. She said over the past year they had worked closely with com­mu­nity mem­bers, lo­cal busi­nesses and ser­vice clubs to raise much needed fund in or­der to pro­vide hos­pice care to the com­mu­ni­ties they serve.

Alexan­dria, Can­non Rocks, Bok­nes, Ken­ton-on-sea, Bush­man’s River Mouth, Port Al­fred, Bathurst and Kleinemonde have all been ben­e­fi­cia­ries of Sun­shine Coast Hos­pice.

Hib­bert added that the feed­back from the ben­e­fi­cia­ries kept them go­ing.

“We are most en­cour­aged by the re­ports we re­ceived from com­mu­nity mem­bers of lives that have been touched by our earth an­gels,” she said. Ann Green’s Ever­green Theatre stu­dents and chil­dren from Sha-Loui Dance School joined forces to present their an­nual Fes­ti­val of the Arts at the Lit­tle Theatre on the Wharf last Thursday night. A di­verse ar­ray of tal­ent was on show – from drum­ming, to po­etry, skits and danc­ing – en­thu­si­as­ti­cally ap­plauded by the au­di­ence of fam­ily and friends. JON HOUZET took pic­tures.

SPELL­BIND­ING: Azariah Lamer­ton was spec­tac­u­lar in her mag­i­cal mono­logue at the Fes­ti­val of the Arts

Pic­ture: TK MTIKI

ZEAL­OUS TO SERVE: Hos­pice mem­bers pre­sented a fruit­ful an­nual re­port last Thursday for the year 2017/2018. They are, from left, Phindiwe Mgo­duka, Ntombisi Dumezweni, An­gela Hib­bert, Bet­tie Janse van Vu­uren, Buyelwa Jikolo, Tr­ish Gil­lies, Jeanne Blaker, Sylvia La­mani, Margie Wadding­ton and Le­anda Roberts

WELL-CHORE­OGRAPHED: Carissa le Roux, left, and Jenna Coet­zee per­formed a lovely dance at the Fes­ti­val of the Arts

TALES OF VENUS: A ro­bot court or­derly (Conor Hul­ley), left, gets told off by the queen of Venus (Shimeah Baker), while the king (Ben­jamin Baker) looks on, in a fan­tasy skit about the planet

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