Stories of Hospice | Totara Hospice Latest update from Blog en-us Mon, 11 Dec 2023 02:55:51 +1300 Mon, 11 Dec 2023 02:55:51 +1300 60 Contributing to the community: Paul Maguire <img src="" width="200" /> It&rsquo;s National Volunteer Week, a time to honour the energy and mahi of volunteers in Aotearoa New Zealand. We sat down for a chat with Volunteer Driver and Gardener Paul Maguire to find out more about his volunteer work and why he does it. Hi Paul, so tell me, what do you do at Tōtara... Thu, 20 Jul 2023 14:37:24 +1300 A Day in the Life of our Takanini Distribution Centre Manager <img src="" width="200" /> Delivering&nbsp;Just&nbsp;the&nbsp;Good&nbsp;Stuff Kelly&rsquo;s role is a greatly varied one, and she wouldn&rsquo;t have it any other way. From supporting her team and shops to organising deliveries, increasing sustainability measures, and even jumping on the truck when needed.&nbsp;... Tue, 14 Mar 2023 13:03:17 +1300 One Year On: Aradhna’s Story <img src="" width="200" /> On the anniversary of her husband Kuben&rsquo;s passing, Aradhna reflects on the past year and celebrates his life by raising an incredible $3,905 for Tōtara&nbsp;Hospice. One year ago, Kuben Padayachie sadly passed away from pancreatic cancer. His wife, Aradhna, is grateful to the team at... Mon, 06 Mar 2023 09:29:28 +1300 A Day in the Life of a Tōtara Hospice Social Worker <img src="" width="200" /> Jessica Londhe, Tōtara Hospice Social Worker, has just stopped for a quick coffee break after visiting two of her at-home patients this morning.&nbsp; She pauses for a deep breath. It&rsquo;s been a tough morning supporting families as well as the terminally ill.&nbsp; Her role is a... Mon, 31 Oct 2022 15:40:41 +1300 A Difference Maker <img src="" width="200" /> Sally shares her passion to give back. There are many reasons people volunteer: for some it&rsquo;s the connections, the desire to give back, or even as a new interest or hobby. Sally Barclay has been an amazing&nbsp; volunteer at Tōtara Hospice for well over 10 years now, and her reason... Fri, 08 Jul 2022 12:48:43 +1300 Remembering Rosie, A Life of Service <img src="" width="200" /> Your kind donations supported Rosie&rsquo;s dignity. When Rosie&rsquo;s health went quickly downhill in 2021, it was only fitting that in her final months she&nbsp;was shown the care, compassion, and welcoming environment she had always displayed to&nbsp;others, and at Tōtara Hospice we... Fri, 08 Jul 2022 12:34:40 +1300 Round the Clock Care <img src="" width="200" /> Thanks to you, we&rsquo;re working around the clock supporting patients and their whānau providing the best individual care. Have a read over all the moving parts to see what happens on any given day, to ensure Tōtara Hospice continues to operate efficiently. 2:20am:&nbsp; When... Thu, 27 May 2021 11:35:43 +1300 Kids get real with Dr James! <img src="" width="200" /> Kids Pod is a podcast where kids get to ask adults the questions they really want to know! Recently Kids Pod reached out and spoke with Dr. James Jap about his role as the Medical Director at Tōtara Hospice and as a Palliative Medicine Specialist. Q: What is a Palliative Care... Thu, 27 May 2021 11:02:22 +1300 A Difference Maker <img src="" width="200" /> Leila shares her heart for volunteering &nbsp; Why I love Volunteering? I love volunteering as it is a rewarding experience for me to be able to gain new skills and experiences, as well as being exposed to new environments and opportunities I may not have had before. I also enjoy... Thu, 27 May 2021 10:57:28 +1300 A Big Thank You <img src="" width="200" /> Thank you to Harcourts Foundation and to Harcourts Blue Rock Realty Ltd for funding of a Shekel Digital Chair Scale for our Inpatient Unit. Totara Hospice applied for funding to the Harcourts Foundation for a Shekel Digital Chair Scale. A chair scale is a wheelchair with an... Wed, 20 Jan 2021 09:47:45 +1300 Ganesh Raj and Will Martin dazzle the Ladies! <img src="" width="200" /> South Auckland Motors Ladies Lunch for Totara Hospice a success for 2020! After an absence in the community due to COVID-19, it was great to finally welcome back smiling faces to the annual Ladies Lunch event. We welcomed over 220 guests to a delicious three-course lunch, hosted by the... Wed, 20 Jan 2021 09:47:02 +1300 Remembering Nana <img src="" width="200" /> Kia ora, my name is Rosie. My journey with Totara Hospice began at 11 years-old, when it felt like my whole world came tumbling down &ndash; the day I found out my Nana had lung cancer. Nana and Grandad lived next door, and if you couldn&rsquo;t find me at my house, I&rsquo;d be at theirs.... Wed, 20 Jan 2021 09:46:18 +1300 Farmers Bauble - The Comfort of Hospice <img src="" width="200" /> UPDATE: Thank you to the four local Farmers stores who collectively raised over $50,000 for Totara Hospice.&nbsp; Christmas is generally the time of year when we think of people who won&#39;t be with us during the festive season - they may have died, they may be living overseas or in... Tue, 01 Dec 2020 17:06:22 +1300 Payroll Giving <img src="" width="200" /> Payroll Giving gives employees the opportunity to donate money to a registered non-profit organisation through their pay. &nbsp; Firstly, check with your employer that they can support Payroll Giving &ndash; Once set up, your employer will take care of donating for you and organise... Fri, 03 Jul 2020 12:12:00 +1300 Forget Me Not Field - Virtual Appeal <img src="" width="200" /> This wonderful way of remembering a loved one comes at a time when Totara Hospice and your community most needs your help.&nbsp;&nbsp; Choose from a striking blue Forget Me Not Flower to display in our first-ever virtual field. To Live, To Love and To Never Forget &ndash;... Tue, 19 May 2020 15:59:47 +1300