Rotorua Community Hospice has made the difficult decision to cancel Harcourts Dancing for Hospice 2020. Recent restrictions on large public events along with a commitment to support efforts being made to reduce the spread of the virus were among the factors considered prior to the decision being made.
The event is a highlight of the winter season and attracts over 2,000 people annually. In 2019, the total raised reached $150,000, making it Rotorua Community Hospice’s biggest fundraiser. Planning for 2020 was well underway with dancers and a number of sponsors already on board.
“We are hugely disappointed that we won’t be able to go ahead this year but of course the safety of the community is paramount” said Rotorua Hospice Fundraising & Marketing Manager Nicola Smallwood. “The money raised from this event helps provide services and care for our patients who are going to be among the most vulnerable if Covid-19 develops further in New Zealand. Our hearts go out to all of the businesses affected in the community.”
In a letter to sponsors and supporters this afternoon, Smallwood said they were aware Covid-19 had likely had an impact on them, their business and the wider Rotorua community.
“We will continue to care for over 100 patients and their whanau every month. The wellbeing of Rotorua Community Hospice patients, staff and volunteers is always our top priority.”
The health service is still operating normally “but we continue to assess the situation and put plans in place to care for some of the most vulnerable people in our community. As an organisation built on community, let’s work together to help stop the spread.”
Rotorua Community Hospice services are provided to patients and their whanau free of charge. Government funding covers 50% of the cost with the shortfall being made up through fundraising revenue.
If you are a regular at Harcourts Dancing for Hospice, please consider giving a gift in lieu of purchasing a ticket to help support Hospice patients and whanau: https://rotoruahospice.infoodle.com/f/Donate2020
Fundraising and Marketing Manager
07 343 6808