Volunteers form the strong basis on which the Hospice stands – they are unstinting of time and effort and organise 10 fundraising events each year to help pay the monthly operating costs which are in the region of R230 000.
A large percentage of this sum constitutes the salaries of nursing, administrative and ancillary staff. The Hospice does not employ a fundraiser or any agencies to raise funds.
At the outset it must be noted that the STATE DOES NOT CONTRIBUTE any funds to the management of patient care. Close to 50% of the funds needed to manage the organization is obtained through fundraising projects planned and implemented by groups of volunteers. The remainder comes in the form of donations from private individuals, small and large businesses and other corporates.
The Community Chest is among a small group of institutions that have been particularly helpful.
Bank: Standard Bank, Branch: Chatsworth
Branch Code: 04-41-26, Account Number: 250 664 593
Account Type: Current Account
Account Name: Chatsworth Regional Hospice Association
OUR MISSION & FOCUS
- To serve patients and their families in keeping with hospice philosophy based on compassion, humility, selfless dedication, commitment, understanding, love, wisdom, knowledge, skill and confidence
- To support our patients journey in coming to terms with life, death, dying and loss in tranquillity and with dignity
- To promote and support a sustainable service to the communities served by the Hospice
The following are the types of fundraising projects we engage in
- THE HOSPICE BALL
This event is normally scheduled for May / June each year with the venue being the Umhlatuzana Civic Auditorium. It normally attracts around 350 patrons and support from local businesses is great.
- RACE DAY
This project takes place at the Greyville Race Course. The date is decided by Gold Circle Racing. Normally a 8 Race card is allowed and we are required to attract sponsors for each race. We also have around 20 lunch tables available for racegoers. A four course meal is provided
- SPRING BALL
Around September we host a Ball at a venue outside Chatsworth. This event is quite popular with dance lovers and it attracts a large number of patrons.
- GOLF DAY
Over the past three years, the organisers which included a few businessmen, have organized a very prestigious Golf Day at Zimbali Golf Resort. This year it attracted a full field of 28×4 Ball players. It continues to be an event that golfers look forward to participating in.
- TREE OF LIGHTS
This is a unique project that uses the passing away of a loved one as its central theme. Members of families purchase a ticket as a token in memory of these persons. The tickets are priced at R10 so as to attract even the poorest. The project culminates in the lighting of a tree where each bulb symbolically represents a soul that has left us.
FUNDRAISING CALENDER 2018 (Proposed)
|HOSPICE BALL||JUNE||UMHLATUZANA CIVIC HALL|
|RACE DAY||AUGUST / SEPTEMBER||GREYVILLE RACE COURCE|
|SPRING BALL||SEPTEMBER||ENCHANTED GARDENS|
|GOLF DAY||NOVEMBER||ZIMBALI GOLF COURSE|
|TREE OF LIGHTS||AUG – DEC 2018||HOSPICE|
|GARDEN TEA||ONGOING||HOSPICE + OTHER|
- A Remembrance Day is held around November each year. It has a special role in hospice because families of patients that have passed on in the last 11 months are invited to a special remembrance function. The function is part of the bereavement process where patients’ lives are celebrated. It culminates in wreath laying/incense burning/candling lighting in memory of those that have passed. This function incorporates the B.A. Naidoo Memorial Lecture which is delivered by an invited prominent Religious, Psychological or Medical person.
- In mid December each year we host a special function in remembrance of all persons who have passed on in our community over the years. The bulbs on our TREE OF LIGHTS are switch on. Each bulb on the tree symbolically represents an individual that has passed on. The community is usually invited to witness the ceremony and tree lighting.