Rain can't hurt giving at fair
Arohanui Hospice has collected about $1000 at the Cross Hill Country Fair on Saturday - despite the rainy weather.
Dedicated collectors braved the mud and rain in their gumboots and rain jackets, managing to take in $910.
Arohanui Hospice has been the chosen charity of the fair, which is based in Kimbolton, for the past few years.
The hospice provides specialist palliative care for people in the Manawatu, Tararua, Horowhenua and Rangitikei regions.
Arohanui chief executive Clare Randall was out collecting at the fair along with her children. She said the hospice received some Government funding, but also needed to raise $2.1 million on their own for this financial year.
She was pleased at the amount of money they had raised.
The money went towards providing care and compassion to hospice patients and helped support their families.
This financial year they expected to care for 700 people, and they could not do it without the support of the community, she said.
A portion of the money raised by fair organisers would also be given to the hospice, but she had not yet been told how much money that would be.
This month, Arohanui Hospice was selected as a recipient of Anchor Growing Communities.
Under the scheme, when a shopper buys Anchor milk at New World stores in Palmerston North and Feilding they are given a green token to place in a box at the checkout.
The more tokens shoppers give to the hospice, the bigger the donation to the hospice gets.