Hospices throughout the country have once again been overwhelmed and humbled by the support from Farmers Department Stores and their customers in the lead up to Christmas. More than $759,000 was donated towards the end of 2019. This is the sixth year that Farmers has raised funds for Hospice and to date has generated more than $4.2M to help keep services free of charge.
One of the unique elements of this fundraising is that 100% of funds raised in each community stay in that community to support the local Hospice service. The iconic annual bauble produced by Farmers exclusively for Hospice was once again in high demand. Nearly 15,000 of the hand painted collectable baubles “Ngaru” by Spencer Bellas were sold, contributing a significant sum to the final total.
“Farmers have recognised that their staff and customers really want to support people in their own communities living with a life limiting condition. Because of this focus, people know their donations stay local and will mean their community’s Hospice is there, free of charge for anyone who needs support” explains Mary Schumacher, CEO, Hospice NZ. “We can’t thank the Farmers team and their customers enough for their generosity towards Hospice. To once again raise more than three quarters of a million dollars nationally, is incredible. I witnessed first-hand the depth of engagement between Hospice and the Farmers team; they are working so hard to not only raise funds, but also awareness of the work we do and this has huge value also” said Ms Schumacher.
Karen Anderson, CEO of Hospice Whanganui says “For the people of Wanganui, the donation of $6467 will enable Hospice Whanganui provide care and support for patients and families in the Whanganui region. 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 the people of Wanganui has contributed to this amazing result. Thank you so much”.
Michael Power, Chief Financial Officer of Farmers says, “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. Farmers has been at the heart of New Zealand communities for 110 years. We are delighted to make a positive difference in our communities through our long-standing relationship with Hospice.