||Otago Community Hospice, along with Cure Kids and Queenstown’s Wakatipu High School Foundation, are the winners from a private client lunch hosted by Colliers International Queenstown.
Dean Collins of Colliers International in Dunedin says the company’s ‘Latitude 45° South’ lunch event has been a huge success since its inception in 2011, thanks to the generosity of Colliers’ most valuable private clients from around New Zealand.
“45° South is an opportunity to showcase what an inspiring place Central Otago is, show some gratitude to our top private clients and in the process raise serious funding for our community.”
Each year Colliers choppers guests to a mystery location, showcasing southern fun and Central Otago cuisine. A charity auction and luncheon follows. This year Queenstown’s Cecil Peak got the nod as a rustic mystery location, catered by Wild Earth food and wine. Gibbston’s Peregrine Winery followed as the venue for the big-ticket charity auction and long lunch.
Collins says: “This year’s auction raised over $165,000 in total, which we’re proud to donate to our chosen charities - Cure Kids nationally, the Wakatipu High School Foundation in Queenstown, and the Otago Community Hospice here in Dunedin. I am delighted to announce the Hospice will receive a donation of $40,000.”
Community fundraising is integral to the Otago Community Hospice, with a goal of around $2 million needed per year to fund its specialist palliative care which is provided free of charge to those in need. The hospice also operates as a teaching facility, working closely with the University of Otago and Otago Polytechnic.
Ginny Green, CEO of Otago Community Hospice comments, “To run our service, we rely heavily on community fundraising efforts and the support of local businesses to cover nearly half of our annual costs. We are extremely grateful to the team at Colliers who have chosen to support us. We simply couldn’t do what we do without this sort of support.”
Picture left to right: Lyn Chapman, Ah-Lek Tay, Ginny Green, Doug Shorten, Matt Bowie, Dean Collins, Matt Morton and Tessa Scott.