Benefiting Mary Potter Hospice
The Kapiti Miniature Railway in Raumati Beach’s Marine Gardens, raises money for good causes. This Sunday, March 13 from 10.00am to 4.00pm it will be fund raising for the Mary Potter Hospice. (MPH)
The weather forecast is promising: partly cloudy weather with a temperature range of 14 -24 C.
MPH will benefit from proceeds from the train rides and the Hospice will also have a central point for other fundraising.
Strategies for getting people to contribute
According to Senior Fundraiser for MPH, Phillip Harris: There will be a stall in Marine Gardens to engage with people and to fundraise. The engagement activity we will be running is a very simple one and will be great for kids.
The activity is creating a memory stone trail to remember someone special. (See details below.)
To entice people to engage with us, we will have sunscreen available for people to help themselves, balloons and lolly pops to give away, soft drinks for a donation and several publications to hand out. We will also have a raffle tickets to sell ($2 a ticket or 3 tickets for $5). Phillip Harris
The stone trail: remembering loved ones
For this activity the organisers will provide
- flattish pebble type stones (palm size or smaller)
- coloured permanent markers.
If people can bring along their own, that would be great.
Step 1: Decorate stones with permanent markers, or paints. Write the name of the loved one you are remembering, or write a special word or draw heart or design of your choice.
Step 2: Lay the stone down as part of a memory stone trail to form a spiral as more stones are added.
Occupational therapist for MPH, Linda Miller. explains the purpose of the memory stone trail.
To honour and remember our loved ones in a creative and meaningful way.
By being involved in a commemorative activity that is interactive and relevant to hospice philosophy, the local community has the opportunity to remember loved ones in a therapeutic way and create a meaningful piece of art that connects them with the hospice.