BNI raises $1.5 million for Hospice

BNI raises $1.5 million for Hospice

Hospice New Zealand is proud to announce that national partner BNI New Zealand, the country’s largest structured business networking organisation, has raised over $1.5 million for hospices.

Hospice New Zealand formalised a partnership with BNI New Zealand in 2007; working together to help ensure hospice care remains free of charge for people living with life limiting conditions.

Hospice NZ Chief Executive Mary Schumacher attributes the success of the partnership to the synergy between the two organisations’ shared values around personal connections and developing relationships based on trust.

“Reaching the $1.5 million milestone is a tremendous achievement by BNI New Zealand, and we’d like to thank all the businesspeople who have been involved in fundraising,” says Mary Schumacher.

BNI groups are partnered with their local hospice service, working together to raise both funds and awareness. This involves a myriad of initiatives, from volunteering to donating items on hospice wish lists, to renovating inpatient rooms and family rooms and organising large scale, high profile events.

Graham Southwell, National Director for BNI New Zealand, says “Hospice is about supporting communities in which our business members live, and what makes their support so heartfelt is that many members have personally had a connection with a hospice caring for someone close to them".

Nationally, BNI New Zealand also supports Hospice New Zealand with the BNI Palliative Care Scholarship Programme. This programme supports hospice staff members to undertake postgraduate study in their specialty fields and grow as leaders in palliative care. To date, over $137,000 has been donated by BNI New Zealand to fully fund the programme.