Hospice Wairarapa general manager Suzie Adamson was presented a cheque by John Tulloch of Tulloch Farm Machines. PHOTO/SUPPLIED

The spirit of “giving for living” is alive and well in Wairarapa, with a Masterton business donating $2600 to Hospice Wairarapa.

In celebration of Tulloch Farm Machines’ 50th anniversary with German farm machinery supplier, Krone, the Masterton-based company hosted a special dinner and open day event to commemorate the milestone.

In early May, a dinner was held at Copthorne Solway with 150 guests in attendance.

To end the evening, a charity auction was held for Hospice Wairarapa – this resulted in Tulloch Farm Machines fundraising $2600.

John Tulloch, managing director of Tulloch Farm Machines, said the business was “privileged to support a cause that provides such an important service to our members of community that are terminally ill and their families”.

“It is something that affects everyone, and Hospice Wairarapa does a great job of providing support to many Wairarapa families during difficult times.

“I feel they are unsung heroes and they don’t get a lot of funding so rely heavily on donations, we are privileged to be able to help when we can.”

The big-ticket item was a Krone Go-Kart that was sold to a client from Bay of Plenty.

Other items included clothing, Krone models, books and children’s toys.

“Our guests, whom consisted of contractors, farmers, suppliers, dealers and overseas visitors, see the benefit in supporting causes like this and an auction always provides a bit of entertainment and friendly competition.”

Meanwhile, it’s business as usual at Hospice Wairarapa, with patients enjoying the Te Kowhai day programme each Thursday at the Renall St premises.

Programme co-ordinator Kirsten Johnston said the programme helped give patients a “change of scenery”.

“Volunteers make a nice morning tea for them, and then after the morning tea, there is an activity or entertainment.

“We’ve had people come to entertain them with guitars, on piano, we’ve had speakers, birthday parties, belly dancing, chair yoga, and a quiz.

“One time, a lady came from Martinborough with a mad shoe collection.

“We’ve also had reflexology, a concert, and bingo.”

Fundraising helps keep this programme running.

Win a Wairarapa Wedding

There are other ways to support Hospice Wairarapa including this year’s Win a Wairarapa Wedding raffle fundraiser.

The fundraiser last happened two years ago, and the wedding was held at Brackenridge in Martinborough.

This year, the owners of The Landing at Homebush have come on board as the venue donor.

The wedding or vow renewal will be held on October 12 and tickets for the raffle will close on July 5.

The prize, valued at $20,000, will be drawn on July 6.

Tickets are $50 each and can be requested on winawairarapawedding.weebly.com.

Everything has been donated – a credit to Wairarapa businesses – so all the proceeds go back to Hospice.

This is the sixth in a 10-part Midweek series bringing awareness to the community about Hospice Wairarapa in an effort to increase support for the charity.

Next week: Volunteer services