Eastern Bays Hospice, Opotiki

Eastern Bays Hospice, Opotiki

IW Club of Opotiki, NZ293 -  Support Eastern Bay Hospice

Hospice is a free service for people with a terminal illness who wish to be looked after in their own home generally in the last 12 months of life. There are nurses on call 24/7who come to Opotiki when required and volunteers who are prepared to support carers and sit with patients. Hospice also has volunteers who can write life stories for the patient. Opotiki has a Hospice shop which is of great value in helping towards fundraising. Most of this hard work is done without renumeration. It is done from commitment and community loyalty.

So the Inner Wheel Club of Opotiki decided to raise some money for the Eastern Bay Hospice. We divided into geographic locations and set too. The Town/Tablelands contingent put on an up market morning tea at Jean and Jerome's home. There were bottomless cups of tea and coffee poured into elegant china. Delicious delicacies were set out and several raffles also to tempt the guests and friends who seemed very happy to empty their wallets. All for a good cause!

Wed 29th April the Ohiwa/Ohope 4 members set out a three course lunch at Marilyn and Murray's apartment in Ohope. It was a pretty day with sun and Autumn colours. There were 21 of us enjoying fine food and company.

Pip Picken is a Hospice volunteer. She works hard in the Opotiki area. She not only talked about the Hospice in the Eastern Bay area at Jean's morning tea but also today at Marilyn's. She told us how it started in the Bay also about the areas that are available to help in.

Fiona Laming an Inner Wheel member presented Pip with a cheque collected from the two events to help in the caring of the many patients and their ongoing support. As Pip said it is the part of life that will one day effect us all and it is great to have the knowledge that the Hospice system can carry on with the help of community fundraising.

The Inner Wheel club of Opotiki give their money away to local volunteering groups and it is usually from accumulated funds. This time we decided to make it more "hands on" as a club effort. Everyone worked hard so a pat on the back for the small but enthusiastic group of women.

The photo is Opotiki Inner Wheel member Fiona Laming presenting a cheque to Pip Picken for the funds raised as a donation to the Eastern Bay Hospice.

Posted: Fri 01 May 2015