Tree of Rememberance & Christmas Bauble fundraising campaign for Hospice
Hospice ensures people needing end of life hospice care are well supported. Everything hospice provides to people is completely free of charge, the majority of funding comes from Government but more than $77 million nationally is required from the community to meet the annual shortfall.
The Christmas Tree Bauble and the Tree of Rememberance at Farmers are part of the biggest national fundraising drive of the year for Hospice. In five years, Farmers with the people of Aotearoa have raised $3.4 million dollars for hospice, with 100% of everything donated in each community going to the local hospice service.
On Nov 14, Hospices and Farmers stores across Aotearoa will pause to honour the sacredness of the Tree of Remembrance ahead of the Christmas fundraising campaign. The blessing acknowledges the taonga of the messages people will leave on the dedicated remembrance tree and is a moment for everyone to reflect on those who are no longer with us.
The Tree of Remembrance will be in every Farmers store from 14 November 2019 until Christmas Eve. Anyone who makes a donation to support their local hospice will receive a remembrance card, they can then write a message for a loved one and place on the dedicated tree within the Farmers store. 100% of all donations go to the local hospice service.
In response to his deeply personal experience at Totara Hospice, Māori Artist, Spencer Bellas has designed the 2019 Christmas Tree Bauble to support hospices throughout New Zealand during the Farmers Christmas fundraising campaign. Farmers stores throughout New Zealand will be selling the baubles until Christmas eve, with 100% of the $10 purchase price going to the local hospice service – supporting communities throughout Aotearoa.
The inspiration for the bauble design is ngaru which is Māori for wave. It represents the journey of life – multiple waves moving together as whānau. In 2019, Hospice wants all New Zealanders to feel safe in the knowledge that they make cultural needs a priority of care; honouring this journey of life both before and after death.
Farmers stores throughout New Zealand will be selling the baubles until Christmas eve, with 100% of the $10 purchase price going to the local hospice service – supporting communities throughout Aotearoa.