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Pop-up cafe back by popular demand

Coffee, home-made cakes and artwork are all on the menu next week as Gisborne celebrates Hospice Awareness Week.

A pop-up cafe, staffed by trained baristas, will open on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10am to 2pm, next to the Hospice Shop in Peel Street. It's all in the name of raising awareness around the work hospices do for their communities.

Hospice Tairāwhiti provides free community-based hospice care for people in the community. The range of services includes specialist medical care, counselling and bereavement support, equipment loan and volunteer services that support patients and families. The services are tailored to the individual needs of patients.

Kj Danielle, marketing and fundraising coordinator at Hospice Tairāwhiti, said the cafe was back by popular demand.

Last year, individuals, social groups and work groups found the cafe a great place to enjoy barista-made coffee, tea and sweets.

“Besides a great cup of coffee and home-made treats, the cafe is an opportunity to find out more about what Hospice Tairāwhiti does and the range of services we provide,” she said.

“We have always done a pop-up cafe and this year will be an extra special one.”

Artist Claire Kizlink, who has recently moved to Gisborne from Europe, will exhibit her work in the cafe.

“She is a prolific artist and has exhibited her work in Monaco, Switzerland and Austria, and the great thing is Claire is supporting Hospice Tairāwhiti by donating the proceeds from the sale of her artworks to hospice.”

Claire has been painting for decades. Her husband was a serious tennis player and she often travelled with him to tournaments. While he hit balls she hit the canvas. Her pieces will be for sale starting at around $250.

The Gisborne Woodturners Group will also have toys for sale in the pop-up cafe and all proceeds will be donated to Hospice Tairāwhiti.

“We're encouraging everyone to celebrate the Hospice Awareness Week by dropping in to the cafe.”

Each year Hospice Tairāwhiti honours and remembers those who have died during the past year and have been part of the hospice community. The hospice remembrance service is a gentle approach with waiata, prayer and reflections to allow a thoughtful space to contemplate loved ones and each other.

They also welcome whānau that may have lost a loved one at any time throughout their lives as it is important that people remember their loved ones when they feel ready. The service will be held on Thursday, May 19 at 4pm at Hospice Tairāwhiti. Numbers are limited because of current restrictions. RSVP to admin@hospicetairawhiti.org.nz or call 869 0552. Masks are required.

FOR A GOOD CAUSE: Artist Claire Kizlink at home in her studio. Claire's art will be for sale at Hospice Tairāwhiti's pop-up cafe next week.Picture by Paul Rickard