Get into Those Strawberries!

By Roger Childs

 It’s a fun, family day with lots of entertainment. Shirley Hertnon, Strawberry Festival Volunteer Coordinator


strawberries and ice creamMary Potter Hospice Strawberry Festival

 Strawberries and ice cream are one of those dishes we associate with summer. The weather of the last few days has been very summery with the mercury getting into the late 20s, so the timing is great for the annual strawberry festival.

Hopefully the fine spell will continue into the weekend for this popular Mary Potter Hospice fundraiser.

  • Saturday 23 November 2013
  • MacLean Park, Paraparaumu Beach
  • 9.00 am – 4.00 pm
  • No admission charge
  • Strawberries and ice cream for $5

 The main purpose of the festival is to raise money for the local Mary Potter Hospice in Paraparaumu. Over $12,000 was raised in 2012 and the 70-100 volunteers helping on the day are keen to see takings increase this year.

A fun time guaranteed!

MPH entertainment There is plenty of entertainment, food, goods for sale and activities for kids. Such as

  • face painting, pony rides, bouncy castles, Zumba for kids
  • stalls selling strawberries and ice cream of course, cup cakes, other food,  and plants
  • Kapiti Pipe Band, Raumati Beach Glee Club Singers, Kapiti Gym Cheer Team
  • music and dance groups.

(See the Kapiti News page 26 for the timing of the entertainment.)


Making the Most of Life

 MPH purposes This is the vision of the Mary Potter Hospice. Essentially the hospice seeks to provide the best quality specialist care we can to people living with a terminal illness and give their families the support they need.

 The services are free to all patients and caregivers and there are three units in the Greater Wellington area:

  • Inpatient Unit in Wellington
  • Palliative Care base in Porirua
  • Day facility in Paraparaumu

The day programme in Kapiti

hospicekapiti The facility in Paraparaumu was set up in 1996 and is designed for the use of people from Pekapeka to Paekakariki.

On Tuesdays and Thursdays patients can spend time at the Warrimoo Street unit in a friendly, relaxed environment.



Activities involve

  • art and craft work
  • board games and cards
  • crosswords and word games
  • quizzes
  • demonstrations
  • music
  • relaxation and energy management.
  • visits to gardens and other places of interest.

An army of volunteers is involved in transporting people to and from the unit, cooking delicious lunches, and helping Linda Miller with the activities programme.

Patients on the ride home always comment on having had a great time and the fabulous lunch!

Other services

 There is a range of other service available from the Kapiti Unit, including:

  • a weekly palliative clinic
  • palliative care coordinators who work in the community with people in need and their families
  • occupational therapy
  • support and counselling for patients and families.

Strawberry offersSupport this great cause with strawberries and a fun time!

 The Hospice needs public support so that their services can remain free to people in the Kapiti community.

So get along to MacLean Park in Paraparaumu Beach on Saturday to help raise funds for this great local service.

Eating strawberries and ice cream and other food is a very pleasant way to support the Mary Potter Hospice, and there is plenty of fun and entertainment for all the family.