A record-breaking $776,607 has been donated to hospice services throughout New Zealand following the Christmas fundraising campaign supported by all Farmers Departments stores.
This is the fifth year that Farmers has supported Hospice, donating nearly $3.5 million to help keep services free of charge.
The donation of $32,214 for Arohanui Hospice will contribute to the charitable organisation’s essential fundraising to ensure that anyone living in Manawatu, Rangitikei, Tararua, Horowhenua or Otaki who needs specialist palliative care has access to that care, free-of-charge and that meets their needs, irrespective of their condition or care setting.
Once again Farmers customers and staff were fully behind the campaign – purchasing the limited edition bauble and making donations to the Tree of Remembrance. 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, and support for their families and whanau.
Arohanui Hospice chief executive officer Clare Randall said the donation of $32,214 for Arohanui Hospice will contribute to the charitable organisation’s essential fundraising to ensure that anyone living in Manawatu, Rangitikei, Tararua, Horowhenua or Otaki who needs specialist palliative care has access to that care, free-of-charge and that meets their needs, irrespective of their condition or care setting.
“Not only did the team at Farmers embrace raising funds for our hospice, they also worked as ambassadors for our services, helping the community to better understand the work we do. The awareness raising that comes from being involved with Farmers is invaluable. The enthusiasm and commitment from all staff and customers of the Palmerston North and Levin stores has contributed to this amazing result. Thank you so much,” Ms Randall said.
Hospice NZ chief executive officer Mary Schumacher said: “The support we receive from Farmers is incredible. For five years now the entire Farmers team has embraced supporting hospice at Christmas and alongside their customers continue to make a real difference to people using hospice services throughout New Zealand. It is humbling to be the beneficiary of such generosity and kindness.”
Farmers acting chief executive and chief financial officer Michael Power said: “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.”