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A little party never killed nobody

Hospice Wairarapa general manager Suzie Adamson with a painting by Mandy Emerson to be auctioned. PHOTO/LISA URBANI

Lisa Urbani

If you ‘know your onions’ you’ll get down to the society event of the year, Hospice Wairarapa’s roaring 20s cocktail party and charity auction, at the Martinborough Town Hall on March 14 from 5pm to 7pm.

You might meet a ‘choice bit of calico’ or an ‘Oliver Twist’, or find something ‘hotsy-totsy’ to bid on at the auction.

Whatever, it’ll be ‘berries’!

“Community looking after community” is the word on the street, according to Suzie Adamson, Hospice Wairarapa manager.

“It will be a party like no other, a fundraiser to increase our programme reach into South Wairarapa.”

“Our community hospice supports anyone on a palliative journey, no matter what their diagnosis – and it’s not only cancer, but illnesses such as motor neuron disease, heart, lung or kidney failure – and we also support the care-giver, family and whanau during the journey and in bereavement.

“Hospice care is about attending to the whole person’s needs; their physical, social, emotional and spiritual needs.”

Three hardworking broads, Jacee Baxter, Dawn McCallum and Susan McLeary are staging the event, and no volunteer or family member has been left out of the fun.

Let the amusement begin, put on your glad rags and come and experience the thrill of stepping back in time, with vintage cars, theme music, gorgeous gals selling $50 and $100 mystery balloons, a cocktail bar, canapes, bubbles – no prohibition here – and the nail-biting excitement of a live and silent auction.

It’s all for a very worthy cause and has drawn huge support from generous-hearted businesses in the southern communities.

As Suzie pointed out, “you never know when you or someone you care about might need hospice support, so let’s make every day count for those on a palliative journey”.

Tickets are $55, so if you have the ‘mazuma’, then visit hospicewairarapa.co.nz for more information.

‘Now you’re on the trolley!’

Included in the auction prizes are:

  • Jewellery from The Village Goldsmith and Neil McCallum
  • A Lot of seven magnificent magnums from seven stellar wineries
  • A round of golf at world-famous Cape Kidnappers
  • A beautiful mixed-media Mandy Emerson painting
  • A stay at a stunning beach front home
  • A masterclass with Medici chef Nick Arnold and Ata Rangi winemaker, Helen Masters
  • A fabulous feast for six with a spice mistress
  • A portrait of a beloved pet
  • A Tora walk experience
  • Wairarapa from the air

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