Boxing gala to raise funds for hospice

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The Portside Punch Charity boxing event will kick off the start of fundraising for a purpose built Hospice House in North Otago.

The new facility will enable the Otago Community Hospice to further develop local services for North Otago residents and will contain offices for its local community care coordinators, as well as a clinical and counselling room for patient consultations.

Hospice House will include a seminar room for education workshops and community functions.

The Hospice Shop will be relocated from its Thames St premises to its own area at Hospice House.  The shop will help to fund the ongoing operational expenses of Hospice House.

CEO of Otago Community Hospice Ginny Green commended the support of the local community in investment for the new facility.

“Otago Community Hospice is committed to providing specialist palliative care services and support to patients in North Otago and their families.

“We would not be able to provide this level of care without the generous support we receive from the local community.

“We are grateful for the dedication and commitment of our supporters in North Otago.” she said.

Hospice House spokesperson Sally Ann Donnelly said the Portside Punch will be the first fundraising event in the process of creating the best facility possible.

“People within the community have identified a need for such a facility here in North Otago,” she said.

“Whilst planning is still at the research stage, fundraising is underway; with Portside Punch the first of the fundraising initiatives.”

“We don’t want to rush into this, we need to make sure that we have the right facility and in the best location.

“Whether we develop an existing facility or build a new one is still to be determined.  We are talking with Otago Community Hospice and with the local community to gauge what’s needed.”

Portside Punch will be held in the large wool store building alongside the Oamaru Harbour, Waterfront Rd on Saturday, June 21.

Organisers are committed to producing an event befitting such an occasion with black tie dress, a gourmet three course seated dinner, live entertainment and non-stop boxing action.

Forty-five tables will be offered for sale for the event.  Tickets will be sold exclusively in tables seating ten guests for $2,500.

Tables will be released when the boxers are confirmed with preference given to the Portside Punch contenders while remaining tables will be released for general sale after Friday, May 9.

If you would like to purchase a table for Portside Punch, please express your interest via email to Jan Kennedy jan@tourismwaitaki.co.nz

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