Fundraiser project takes root

Decorated with baubles, lights and cards

Last updated 05:00 07/12/2012
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GOING UP: Karyn Lois, left, and Jill Austin, of the South Canterbury Hospice Shop, watch as the remembrance tree is planted yesterday by Netcon staff. The 6-metre tree Orbell St will be used to raise funds for the hospice.

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A 6-metre-high remembrance tree was planted yesterday at Hospice South Canterbury in Orbell St for a fundraising project.

It will be decorated with baubles, lights and remembrance cards by members of the public until early in the new year.

Hospice chief executive Alan Munro said people were invited to pick up a decorated card from their shop or hospice for a donation and write a message to a loved one they wished to remember during Christmas. The hospice will then laminate the round 6cm-diameter cards and put them on the tree the following day to form part of the adornments.

The massive pine was planted outside the hospice shop by Netcon workers who had to dig 1.8m to ensure its root system was comfortable.

Mr Munro said he hoped the project would replace the hospice's annual Wine And Food Festival fundraiser for February 2, which it had cancelled because it clashed with a Hurricanes v Crusaders rugby match.

On December 18 at 7.30pm the lights on the tree will be turned on for remembrance evening.

The Phoenix Singers will perform, the hospice shop will remain open and a cup of tea and piece of cake will be given to everyone attending.

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- The Timaru Herald

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