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BNI New Zealand Members Support local hospices during Hospice Awareness Week 2022

by Richard Foulkes

BNI New Zealand has a very special relationship with Hospice New Zealand

Hospices around New Zealand provide care and support for people living with life-limiting conditions and their families. As an essential health service provider, financial support from the community is crucial.

• Since 2007 BNI New Zealand and Hospice New Zealand have proudly stood together as national partners.
• Hospice New Zealand is BNI New Zealand’s selected charity as its philosophy is compatible with BNI’s culture of Givers Gain®.  
• Both organisations share values of people connecting with people and developing relationships based on trust.
• Over $185,000 has been donated to fully fund the BNI Palliative Care Scholarships Programme, supporting Hospice New Zealand’s commitment to growing leaders in palliative care.
• Over $2.5M has been raised for hospices by BNI New Zealand and its members.

Why Hospice? It’s a national charitable organisation that likely has touched many members loved ones’ lives. As an essential health service, hospice services receive most of their funding from Central Government, it costs around $170M each year to provide the care they do.  Fundraising plays an important part in keeping services free of charge.  Each year they need to raise around $81.5M from the community to bridge the gap.

We can help Hospice by helping others understand that your local hospice isn’t only where you go to die and that they are there to help you live your best life when living with a life-limiting illness.

Hospice Awareness Week 16th-22nd May 2022

This Hospice Awareness Week show your support and raise awareness for Hospice.

• Hospice isn’t a building, it’s a philosophy of care that places equal importance on the physical, spiritual, cultural, emotional, and social wellbeing of a person living with a life-limiting condition.
• Hospice provides palliative care, which is a specialist medical service specifically for people who are dying. Palliative care is very active total care – it is not about giving up and doing nothing.
• Support is also provided for family and whānau both before and after the death of their loved one.

All Hospice services are FREE and each of the 33 Hospices in NZ will offer some or all of the following: 
• medical and nursing care
• cultural support and liaison
• pain and symptom control
• therapies, including physiotherapy and complementary therapies
• spiritual support and care ·practical and financial advice
• bereavement care
• training and support services for family carers
• support groups e.g., children’s bereavement support, art therapy groups, bereaved men’s group.

Supporting our local hospice – some ideas

As an essential health service, hospice services receive most of their funding from Central Government, it costs around $170M each year to provide the care they do.  Fundraising plays an important part in keeping services free of charge.  Each year they need to raise around $81.5M from the community to bridge the gap.

We can donate money as a chapter or as individuals, but the BNI Website has great ideas on how to get involved as a chapter in ways that are even more rewarding than just giving money: https://bni.co.nz/en-NZ/BNIandHospice

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