A mighty project

The Northland Age - - Opinion -

I would like to give a huge vote of thanks to ev­ery­one who played a part in our won­der­ful open­ing cer­e­mony of the Green Shed (pro­cess­ing cen­tre to boost Hospice funds).

And not only to those who were there, but also to each and ev­ery one of you who worked to bring this lon­gawaited fa­cil­ity into be­ing.

As chair, it was so grat­i­fy­ing to hear the sup­port and praise from the Min­is­ter of Health and to hear his ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the fan­tas­tic work done by Hospice Mid North­land. Each of our speak­ers spoke of the im­por­tance of our vol­un­teers, who, right across all our ac­tiv­i­ties, play such an im­por­tant role. It was re­ally pleas­ing to see Norma cut­ting the rib­bon with the Min­is­ter — well done Norma!

And this has been a mighty project. Great credit must be given to Belinda, who has led the team, li­aised, ca­joled and en­cour­aged and brought us to where we are to­day. We are so for­tu­nate that our team of fan­tas­tic nurses are able to de­liver their to­tally free ser­vice, sup­ported by our staff, our vol­un­teers and our com­mu­nity.

It has long been a huge con­cern to the board that the old sort­ing cen­tre had to­tally out­lived its pur­pose, and a pri­or­ity has been look­ing to pro­vide a build­ing fit for pur­pose, and fit for our vol­un­teers to work safely and com­fort­ably in. At last we are there.

So again, thank you. To Far North Hold­ings, who have project-man­aged, pro bono, for us, to Shed Boss and all the sub-con­trac­tors who have worked on the site, to the de­sign­ers, the en­gi­neers, the list goes on and on.

The fam­ily/wha¯ nau of Hospice of Mid North­land has much to be proud of, and I feel priv­i­leged to be part of it. YVONNE SHARP

Chair Hospice Mid North­land

Kerik­eri

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