Park event to benefit hospice

By Hannah Norton

The North Haven Hospice is calling for volunteers to help out at this year's People in the Park.

The event is run by Whangarei Lions' and Rotary groups, and features all day entertainment from local artists at Kensington Park on Sunday February 24.

In previous years funds raised at People in the Park were donated to Project Promise, but this year the event will be fundraising for the Hospice.

"We're delighted and it's symbolic of the support we get from the Whangarei community," said North Haven Hospice's new general manager, Leonie Gallaher.

"It's also a wonderful opportunity to increase awareness about what we are about and the services we provide."

North Haven Hospice's funding and communications manager Hannah Blake said the organisation is looking for volunteers willing to just give a couple of hours of their time - not necessarily even for the full day, which goes from 10am to 4pm.

"We need volunteers for collecting, running the stand and also the area where stall holders can have their tea and lunch breaks."

"It's a good opportunity for those who want to volunteer but work full time," she said.

Entertainment includes a reggae band, jazz band, kapa haka, market stalls, sports exhibitions and food stalls, she said.

"It'll be lots of fun - it's huge atmosphere.

"Come along and enjoy all the greatest artists for a great cause."

Those interested can contact Hannah or Sarah on 09-437 3355.

"Even an hour here and there helps," Hannah Blake said.

Those who are unable to volunteer should bring the family along for an enjoyable day, she said.

"Bring your picnic blanket and an empty belly."

- Northern Advocate

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