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Reminders of home

Call for art to decorate Gisborne wing at Cancer Society Lions Lodge.

There's no place like home.

Judy Garland's famous Wizard of Oz quote rings even more true for cancer patients travelling to Waikato Hospital for treatment.

The Cancer Society Lions Lodge in Hamilton is the home away from home for Tairawhiti patients. It even features a Gisborne wing.

Cancer Society Gisborne East Coast is keen to display artwork which showcases places and people from Tairawhiti to help remind those staying in the lodge why Tairawhiti is so special.

“If you have any visual art that you'd like to donate that showcases places and/or people in Tairawhiti, we're keen to hear from you,” society volunteer coordinator Kj Danielle says.

“We'd like to hang the art in the Gisborne wing of the lodge as well as in the Cancer Society rooms where our services our provided.

Troy Conole and Robyne McKeague are the first artists to donate some of their work but the Cancer Society would love other artists to join them.

Conole has gifted his print of Te Kuri-a-Paoa (Young Nick's Head) with a pohutukawa in the foreground.

“I think when someone is going through something demanding like that, being reminded of home, that is a good idea from the Cancer Society,” Conole said. “If I can make someone happy, I'm happy.”

McKeague's work shows the view from Waikanae Beach with the port and Titirangi/Kaiti Hill in the background.

The Lions Lodge is planning a refurbishment aimed at maintaining its condition for the next 10 years.

A fundraiser auction evening is being held at Vilagrad Winery at Ohaupo near Hamilton on Thursday, September 16.

The Cancer Society will accept any donated items to be auctioned in support of the lodge.

Gisborne East Coast Cancer Society manager Lianne Jenkins, or one of the society's support care team, travel to the lodge once a month.

They support Tairawhiti clients and whanau and offer one-on-one and group discussions, a listening ear, advocacy and additional support when they return home to Gisborne.

For more information, contact Cancer Society services, contact Kjdanielle@cancercd.org.nz or call the Gisborne centre on 867-1795

Tairawhiti artwork wanted: Cancer Society Gisborne East Coast supportive care coordinator Abby Collier (left) and manager Lianne Jenkins display artwork donated by Troy Conole and Robyne McKeague to be displayed in the Lions Lodge in Hamilton for visiting Gisborne cancer patients. The Cancer Society would like to receive more artwork displaying the sights of Tairawhiti for the enjoyment of patients and whanau when away from home. Picture by Rebecca Grunwell