Buckets shake for hospice appeal
Pupils are rattling buckets and taking to the street in the name of charity.
About 16 Freyberg High School pupils stood in yellow hi-vis and collected money for Palmerston North's Arohanui Hospice on Friday as part of their annual appeal.
Joel Turnbull, 14, said the school's junior council helped out the organisation each year.
This year was simply about helping out and giving back to the community, he said.
He said people had been generous, donating $5, $10, and even $20 notes.
"A couple of people went back to their cars and came back to us with money."
Fellow pupil O-Zaing Yenat, 15, he was surprised by some of the larger donations given.
He said it was nice to lend a hand, and also learn about the work the hospice did in Palmerston North's community.
Freyberg High School teacher Debbie Littley said the school often supported the fundraising efforts of the hospice.
However, this year was extra special for the school, as its chairman Courtney Manaia spent some time at the hospice before passing away in April.
Fundraising also gave pupils a chance to be involved in the community and add to their skill set, she said.
"For us, it's just to give people an opportunity to give what they can."
Arohanui Hospice director of strategy and operations Louise Curtis said all fundraising efforts were appreciated.
Although the hospice receives some Government money, it has a $2.5 million shortfall to meet this financial year period, she said.
Curtis said the hospice always managed to meet its shortfall each year, but it required a lot of work to appeal and fundraise to meet it.
"It's hugely important for the collection profits, but also for raising awareness of what we do."
Curtis herself was out collecting money on the street on Friday.
She said it was a wonderful experience meeting people who donated because she had previously had a family member of friend in care.
People often shared stories or gave staff members a hug, which showed the hospice was well respected in the community, she said.
It was also great to see pupils giving back to their community and learning about the work the hospice did, she said.