Hospice Waikato is hoping a major event will allow it to kick-start an innovative new health service.
The charitable trust will host a gala dinner in May to raise money for a Wellness Centre to be based at Cobham Drive, Hamilton. The centre will offer Hospice patients (including outpatients) clinical rooms, along with a range of services including massage therapy, meditation, counselling and creative therapy. All services will be provided free to those under Hospice care.
Hospice Waikato chief executive Craig Tamblyn hopes the dinner will raise $100,000 so the first stage of the centre can be fully operational by the end of May. He acknowledged the fundraising target was ambitious but says the Waikato community had a fantastic track record of "stepping up for Hospice".
"It's actually very humbling in that we've had massive support already. For the gala dinner Montana Catering is providing a three-course meal at no cost; we've had the venue donated and businesses have already offered some amazing items to be auctioned off."
The dinner has been dubbed the Montana Catering Bucket List Banquet and will be hosted by New Zealand film and television actor Mark Ferguson.
Guest speakers include fashion guru and editor Paula Ryan and world-class adventurer and speaker Jamie Fitzgerald. Both will share their bucket lists and secrets for a fulfilling life. Brian King of Harcourts will auction a range of donated items on the night.
Mr Tamblyn says Hospice Waikato has to find approximately $2 million each year to "just open our doors". The Waikato DHB currently funds 60 per cent of its operational budget but the rest comes from fundraising, donations and grants.
The dinner will be held on Thursday, May 9, at the Claudelands Events Centre. Tickets are $100 per head and can be purchased from Hospice Waikato.
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