Baubles of love

Katikati Advertiser - - Your Community Voice -

Two years ago, 10-year-old Mye­sha Wil­son’s life story changed for­ever when her mother Kat died at the Waipuna Hospice.

In an art work­shop hosted by Waipuna Hospice, Mye­sha com­pleted a draw­ing that has been se­lected as the hero de­sign for 15,000 baubles that are on sale at Farm­ers stores na­tion­wide for Christ­mas.

Mye­sha and her fam­ily are proud to re­mem­ber their mother and help raise funds dur­ing hos­pices largest an­nual fundrais­ing cam­paign with Farm­ers.

Mye­sha and her older brother Ri­ley be­came in­volved with play ther­apy ser­vices at hospice dur­ing their mum’s ill­ness. Their fa­ther Craig cred­its hospice with get­ting the fam­ily through such a dif­fi­cult time. Dur­ing a 2017 art work­shop at Waipuna Hospice in Tau­ranga, chil­dren were asked to draw what a Kiwi Christ­mas meant to them.

Many drew Christ­mas trees, dec­o­ra­tions and presents. Among the draw­ings, Mye­sha, who was then nine, stood out for her pic­ture of a heart.

“My Kiwi Christ­mas is a heart be­cause it’s not about the presents, it is about spend­ing time with your fam­ily,” said Mye­sha.

Mye­sha, Ri­ley and dad Craig still main­tain a close con­nec­tion with Waipuna, work­ing with the coun­selling and fam­ily sup­port team.

This on­go­ing sup­port is a com­mon part of hospice ser­vices as care for fam­ily and wha¯ nau both be­fore and af­ter the death of their loved one is im­por­tant.

Waipuna Hospice pro­vides ser­vices and sup­port at no cost to peo­ple like Mye­sha and her fam­ily. Waipuna Hospice is not funded by the Gov­ern­ment, while some of their ser­vices are con­tracted by the Dis­trict Health Board, they still need to raise $3.7 mil­lion in the com­ing fi­nan­cial year to meet the short­fall in their op­er­at­ing costs.

All of the $10 pur­chase price of the Farm­ers Christ­mas Bauble is do­nated to each store’s clos­est hospice ser­vice, show­ing Farm­ers sup­port for lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties’

The Christ­mas Bauble that Mye­sha Wil­son de­signed with what a Kiwi Christ­mas means to her.

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