Community raises $140,000 for Rotorua Community Hospice from dancing evening

By Jade Hawkins on September 12, 2018

The Rotorua community has raised a whopping $140,000 for Rotorua Community Hospice.

The amount was raised through this year’s Harcourts Dancing with the Stars, which was held last Saturday at the Energy Events Centre.

Rotorua Community Hospice fundraising and marketing manager Nicola Smallwood said they were absolutely thrilled with $140,000.

“This is our major fundraising event and to come away with that amount is incredible.

“It really shows how supportive our community is of this event and Rotorua Community Hospice.”

She said, as with any event, they had some significant expenses to put this show on – some of which increased this year – but to come away with $140,000 raised really topped off what was a great night.

“I think I’m still catching my breath – what a night.

“I loved the diverse range of dancers, the atmosphere in the venue, the crowd cheering and five or six months of planning paying off.

“Oh, and also the bidding during the silent and live auctions.”

Smallwood said Rotorua Hospice cared for 420 patients with a life-limiting illness every year and the money raised would ensure we can continue to provide this service free of charge in the Rotorua community.

Taken from NZ Herald and written by Shauni James