Get ready for St Paddy's party

CATHERINE HEALY
Last updated 05:00 20/02/2013
Hospice
JASON OXENHAM
KNEES UP: Rebecca McCaughan, Lincoln Davies and Lesley Dawson of Mercy Hospice Auckland are organising the O’Party to be held at Auckland Museum Events Centre on March 15.

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St Patrick's Day is coming and Mercy Hospice Auckland would like you to join it for a giant celebration of all things Irish.

The organisation is putting on the O'Party, a fundraising dinner and dance at Auckland Museum Events Centre.

The hospice cares for Aucklanders with life limiting illnesses and its services are free of charge.

This year the fundraising team needs to raise $2.3 million and events manager Lesley Dawson hopes the O'Party will bring in around $80,000 of that.

One of the major supporters of the event is the Hugh Green Foundation. Mr Green was an Auckland businessman and philanthropist who emigrated from Ireland. He died last year and Mercy Hospice cared for him at the end of his life.

The hospice also has its roots in Irish soil. The first House of Mercy was built in Dublin in 1827 and the first pioneering Sisters of Mercy travelled to New Zealand in 1850.

Guests at the O'Party are encouraged to dress up in green and come prepared to bid and buy from the many auction and raffle items.

"We are your local hospice," Mrs Dawson says. "You don't know when you might need us.

"We need these funds to continue providing this free service."

Tickets are $125. Phone Lesley Dawson on 376 7571 or email lesley.dawson@mercyhospice. org.nz to reserve a seat.

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