Caring Connections campaign reaches an all time high!

Caring Connections campaign reaches an all time high!

A record-breaking $768,162 has been donated to hospice services across the country this week thanks to the remarkable generosity and support of Farmers Department Store customers and staff.

In the weeks leading up to Christmas, the Caring Connections in our Community event gives Farmers customers the opportunity to remember someone special to them, and to make a donation or buy a limited-edition bauble in support of the work of hospice.

100% of all funds donated in each store remain in the local community, helping to ensure that hospice care remains free of charge for people with life-limiting conditions, their families and whānau.

Mary Schumacher, Chief Executive of Hospice NZ, says, “Our heart-felt thanks to everyone who contributed to this extraordinary result. The funds raised will make a real difference for people using hospice services throughout New Zealand. It’s humbling to see the way people come together for this event to remember their loved ones and to ensure their community’s hospice service remains free of charge. We are incredibly grateful to everyone at Farmers for being such wonderful ambassadors for hospice, and to their customers for their generosity and kindness”.

Michael Power, acting Chief Executive of Farmers and Chief Financial Officer says, “The delivery of a national store-wide approach to our charity campaigns helps build a meaningful opportunity to connect with the community, as our staff work in unison toward a common goal. At Farmers we are extremely proud of the amount raised during our Christmas hospice campaign through a combined effort and generous donations made by our customers, our staff and our business. It’s heart-warming to know the positive difference it will make in our communities.”

“For the people of the Waikato, the donation of $58,322 will enable Hospice Waikato to ensure our services remain free of charge for our patients and their families/whānau. We can’t thank the team at Farmers enough for the way they have embraced raising funds and awareness for our community’s hospice. Their enthusiasm and commitment alongside the support of the people of the Waikato have contributed to this amazing result to support our services. Thank you so much” explained Craig Tamblyn, CEO, Hospice Waikato

Each year, New Zealand hospice services provide care and support for more than 18,000 people and their families and carers, either before or after the death of their loved one.

Hospice is a philosophy of care, not a building – most people are cared for in the community.

The concept of care encompasses the whole person - not just their physical needs, but their emotional, spiritual, and social needs as well. This care extends beyond the person who is unwell to also include their family. Support is available both before and after a death.

Irrespective of where a person lives, this philosophy of care does not change and everything provided is free of charge. Whilst free to people using hospice services, it does cost a lot to provide. Every year hospice services cost almost $100 million nationally.

As an essential health service provider, hospice services receive the majority of funding from the Government; but financial support from the community is essential to meet the shortfall – each year hospice services need to fundraise more than $45 million nationally.

As an organisation hospice is firmly grounded in the community, with more than 11,000 people volunteering more than 1 million hours of their time for hospice each year.