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Hospice Fundraiser at Lights Festival

Friday 28 December 2012, 2:41PM

By New Plymouth District Council

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NEW PLYMOUTH

The Council is turning the popularity of the TSB Bank Festival of Lights into support for Hospice Taranaki.

On two evenings during the festival’s run in Pukekura Park, volunteers will be collecting donations with the proceeds being shared between the hospice and the festival.

“We were very pleased to be asked to be a recipient of half the donations,” says Hospice Taranaki Chief Executive Kevin Neilsen.

“We have ongoing fundraising requirements and we appreciate the opportunity to receive support from those going to the TSB Bank Festival of Lights.”

Volunteers will be collecting donations at two Hatchery Lawn events: Tomorrow night (Saturday) at the Shaskeen Reel show, and on Friday 25 January during the Crosswinds performance.

If either of these events is cancelled due to rain, the collections will take place another night.

Acting Manager Events Tricia Logan says the collections are a great opportunity for the festival to support a worthy community organisation.

“Hospice Taranaki is an organisation that many of us in the community have an association with, and we know the incredible job they do with providing palliative care services to the people of Taranaki and support to their families,” she says.

“We get hundreds of people to the On Stage shows on the Hatchery Lawn, and we hope the audience at these two concerts will consider donating when the collectors come around.”

NPDC’s half of the donations on those two nights, as well as money collected through the donation boxes at Pukekura Park throughout the festival, will be invested in the TSB Bank Festival of Lights.