In June 2021, we recognised volunteers and staff who had served 5+ years, 10+ years, and 24+ years. We also recognised the original Friends of Hospice. It was a lovely afternoon of friendship and fun with a High Tea at Distinction Hotel. Below is our Volunteer Hall of Fame.
5 years or more volunteering:
Prayer Group – Anne Boyd, Eugenia Munyoro, Kay Leamy, Pauline Mossman and Carol Clarke.
Hospice Shop – Cathy Treasure, Jocelyn Van Raalte, Janice Bambery, Christine Johns, Penpit Brady and Gianne Reid.
10 years or more volunteering:
Hospice Shop – Raewynne Simms and Lisa Simiona.
Day Stay Coordinator, Prayer Group, Fundraising and Events – Desrae Murphy
Desrae started in 1997 and has volunteered in numerous roles from companion sitting, taking patients to visit their doctor, helping with fundraising, Street Appeals and the Remembrance Trees. Desrae is currently the Day Stay Coordinator and is in the Prayer Group.
Original Friends of Hospice:
Anne Sinclair, Bet Honore, Dorothy Logan, Dorothy McKenzie, Elaine Beale, Elaine Ludgate, Gay Scott Fenton, Judith Martin, Gwen Ross, Janet Stevens, Joanne Bryant, Judy Gregor and Pat Kilpatrick.
The retired volunteers and original Friends of Hospice were inducted into the Kowhai Teacup Club, where they can find the perfect brew of friendship and laughter. They each received a Dilmah tea cup and saucer boxed set.
Volunteers who had retired in the last two years having served 5+ Years:
Barry Phillips – Warehouse Assistant
Vera Davis – Hospice Shop
Prayer Group Tributes
We pay tribute to two members of the Rotorua Hospice Prayer Group, Pat De Carteret and Ynys Fraser. Pat gave her time to many Rotorua organisations and was a foundation member of the Prayer Group. We were grateful to have the opportunity to celebrate her 90th birthday at Hospice last year with all the members of the group. Ynys was also one of the foundation members and was renowned for her kindness, work ethic and trail blazing passion. A remembrance service was held at Hospice, celebrating the lives of Pat and Ynys and acknowledging their contributions to the Prayer Group and to the Rotorua community.
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