Since our partnership began in 2007, BNI chapters have raised and donated more than $1.3 million towards the work of hospices nationwide. With more than 2,600 members across the country, BNI's commitment to hospice is also invaluable in helping to raise awareness of the work of our organisation.
Each year, BNI New Zealand funds the BNI Palliative Care Scholarship Programme, awarding 12 hospice staff members financial support to undertake post graduate study in their speciality fields. This supports Hospice New Zealand's commitment to growing leaders in palliative care.
Below is a selection of just some of the ways in which chapters supported their partnered hospice in 2015:
The Manawatu chapters (BNI Palmerston North, BNI Feilding and BNI Heartland) held a hugely successful casino and auction evening in support of Arohanui Hospice. One BNI member even shaved his head to raise funds for the occasion.
A multitude of weekly misdeameanours from the team at BNI Legends resulted in a sizeable donation to Hospice Waikato, as did BNI Waikato Metro's support via a quiz night and donation collection. BNI Matamata hosted an event featuring broadcaster Mark Bunting, and donations were also received from BNI Te Awamutu.
A donation from BNI Ashburton helped the newly established Hospice Mid Canterbury provide a massage service in their local community. Members also offered discounted services for marketing and printing.
On the North Shore, a Christmas event enabled BNI Takapuna to sponsor the cost of SKY TV in a room of the Hospice North Shore inpatient unit. Generous donations were also received from BNI Albany, BNI Mega, BNI North Harbour and BNI Shore City.
Cranford Hospice was the grateful recipient of donations from BNI Hawkes Bay and BNI Wine Country, collected throughout the year at weekly breakfast meetings.
Another fabulous Black Tie event organised by the BNI Canterbury chapters made a great difference to the work of Nurse Maude Hospice, supported further with proceeds from a BNI The Breakfast Team quiz night, a BNI Phoenix raffle and additional donations from BNI Alliance, BNI Rangiora, BNI Kinesis and BNI Pinnacle.
Totara Hospice South Auckland was the grateful beneficiary of BNI Metro and BNI Business Growth's fundraising efforts at the Great Auckland Bed Race, along with funds raised from BNI Parnell's weekly auctions of members' services, and donations from BNI Connect and BNI Counties.
BNI Invercargill supported Hospice Southland with donations and gifts in kind, while also volunteering their time to collect for the street appeal.
BNI Energise made a generous donation to Hospice Taranaki following a very successful quiz event. Donations from their weekly meetings enabled the hospice to purchase two new sensor mats, and members even purchased their 'Secret Santa' gifts from their local hospice shop.
The West Auckland BNI chapters provided invaluable support to Hospice West Auckland in 2015, helping to organise and run a hugely successful 'AbFab Fashion Show' and hosting a 'Barn Dance at the Boat House'. Further donations were also received from BNI Titirangi, BNI Waitakere and BNI West is Best.
BNI Masterton supported the Hospice Wairarapa Community Trust by donating their weekly fines and volunteering their time to assit with the Tree of Remembrance campaign.
Amitabha Hospice was the grateful recipient of a donation from BNI Newmarket Platinum.
BNI chapters across Wellington supported Mary Potter Hospice in a wide variety of ways. Events included movies (BNI Business Abundance), go karts (BNI Harbour City), a cake auction (BNI Positively Wellington), a comedy night (BNI Trading Co) and a quiz competition (BNI The Brunch Bunch), in addition to further donations from BNI North City, BNI Hutt Forefront and BNI Accelerate.
In Auckland, BNI Remuera, BNI Newmarket Platinum and BNI Epsom donated funds in support of the work of Mercy Hospice Auckland. BNI Central and BNI Means Buiness raised funds with weekly auctions and BNI City Business donated their Joker Poker funds.
Proceeds from an After 5 Networking Function were donated by BNI Blenheim to Nelson Tasman Hospice, along with a gift in kind of postal stamps.
BNI chapters also supported their local hospices in other regions - BNI Rotorua Workx members sold raffle tickets for Rotorua Community Hospice and BNI Hutt Business Connections made a donation towards the work of Te Omanga Hospice. In Tauranga, Waipuna Hospice received support from BNI in the Bay and BNI Tauranga Harbour. Donations from BNI Whanganui's weekly meetings were collected in support of Hospice Whanganui.
Our sincere thanks to BNI New Zealand and to BNI members throughout the country for everything they do - they are such wonderful supporters and advocates for hospice services.