Supporters: Farmers Christmas campaign

Christmas bauble

Supporters: Farmers Christmas campaign

Farmers stores around the country are supporting their local hospices this Christmas through the sale of the annual bauble, and the Trees of Remembrance.

The bauble
This year’s limited edition bauble is designed by Maori artist Spencer Bellas in response to his deeply personal experience at Totara Hospice. Spencer was touched by the way the hospice supported his whanau in 2017 when his uncle was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Having no previous experience with hospice he was impressed when they encouraged and supported the whānau.

“The staff moved us into a big room where we could bring our mattresses. They brought in extra beddings owe could all sleep onsite. We bought in all our own Kai and had open access to the kitchen. There were about 30 of us there and nothing was a problem. Family members were able to sing individually and in groups onsite as music had been a big part of my uncles’ life. The staff made themselves scarce unless we needed them so we could tend to ourselves, honour our own traditions and be there for him.” says Spencer.

The ngaru – wave – on the bauble represents the journey of life, with multiple waves together moving as whanau (pictured). The full purchase price of these baubles is donated to your local hospice. These sell out every year, so if you would like one we do encourage you to visit a store so you do not miss out.

Tree of Remembrance
For an open donation, there is a Tree of Remembrance in each store Farmers store until Christmas eve where you can write a message for a loved one and place this on the tree. In January, Napier and Hastings Farmers get together with Cranford Hospice for a ceremony to honour these memories, and to bless these cards in the hospice gardens.

Over the past five years the Christmas fundraising with Farmers has raised $3.4 million for hospices throughout the country. Their support helps us reach those who need us, and we are so grateful.