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$7000 gift for Tairawhiti Hospice

Gisborne shoppers and staff from the Farmers department store have given a late Christmas present to charity.

Hospices throughout the New Zealand have once again been overwhelmed and humbled by the support from Farmers Department Stores and their customers during the Farmers annual fundraising appeal, which allows shoppers to donate to local hospices in the run-up to Christmas.

For the people of Gisborne Tairawhiti that support resulted in a donation of $7041.64, which will contribute to caring and supporting individuals and their whanau living with life limiting conditions, where there is no reasonable hope of cure.

“Our support allows the majority of our patients to be cared for in their own homes. Keeping this service free of charge is only possible from the support and donations made by the community of Tairawhiti,” Hospice Tairawhiti general manager Barbara Grout said.

“Not only did the team at Farmers embrace raising funds for our hospice, they also worked as ambassadors for our services, helping the community to better understand the work we do. The awareness raising that comes from being involved with Farmers is invaluable.

“The enthusiasm and commitment from all staff and the people of Farmers Gisborne has contributed to this amazing result — thank you so much.”

Nationally, more than $759,000 was donated towards the end of 2019.

This is the sixth year that Farmers has raised funds for hospice and to date has generated more than $4.2m to help keep services free of charge.

One of the unique elements of the fundraising is 100 percent of funds raised in each community stay in that community to support the local hospice service.

As well, the annual bauble produced by Farmers exclusively for hospice was once again in high demand.

Nearly 15,000 of the hand-painted collectable bauble, “Ngaru” by Spencer Bellas, were sold, contributing a significant sum to the final total.

“Farmers have recognised that their staff and customers really want to support people in their own communities living with a life-limiting condition. Because of this focus, people know their donations stay local and will mean their community's hospice is there free of charge for anyone who needs support.” Hospice NZ chief executive Mary Schumacher.

“We can't thank the Farmers team and their customers enough for their generosity towards hospice. To once again raise more than three-quarters of a million dollars is incredible. I witnessed first-hand the depth of engagement between hospice and the Farmers team, they are working so hard to raise not only funds but also awareness of the work we do, this has huge value also.”

Farmers chief executive Michael Power said the company was delighted to make a positive difference in communities through its long-standing relationship with hospice.

“At Farmers we are extremely proud of the amount raised during our Christmas hospice campaign through a combined effort and generous donations made by our customers, our staff, and our business. Farmers has been at the heart of New Zealand communities for 110 years.”

THANK YOU: Hospice Tairawhiti fundraising and marketing co-ordinator Sarah Kirkpatrick with Farmers Gisborne store managers Angela David and Kraig Ruru sorting out all the cards placed on the Farmers' remembrance tree. Everyone who made a donation to Hospice Tairawhiti while shopping at the store during the pre-Christmas appeal received a remembrance card to place on the tree. Picture by Liam Clayton