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The Sioux Line Dancers have been dancing together across the top of the south since 1994; the group helps connect communities whilst mixing fitness and fun and through the years have raised a truly amazing $45,500 for Nelson Tasman Hospice.
They have fundraised for vital equipment which makes a difference to patients and their whānau day-to-day either within the community or in our Specialist Palliative Care Unit (SPCU) in Stoke. Equipment ranges from transport beds to syringe drivers to wheelchairs, each with a necessary function in providing comfort to patients whilst coming with a price tag.
Most recently the Sioux Line Dancers kept rhythm for 12 hours straight, raising a truly phenomenal $16,000 which has been used to purchase essential items including;
- Syringe drivers – these devices can be fitted to patients and slowly release medication at a steady rate. This helps to ensure pain relief is constant and those with a heavy pill burden can feel it alleviated.
- Wheelchairs – these enable a patient’s comfort and mobility, empowering them to visit the places and people they care about.
Sue Wilson and Danuta Newport, who have led the group for almost 30 years said: “Sioux Line Dance NZ has the greatest privilege and honour to be part of Nelson Tasman Hospice. Every Dollar raised comes from the heart knowing that it provides comfort to both patient and families; physically, emotionally, and spiritually.”
The Sioux Line Dancers know that it takes a community to make a Hospice happen and we are so grateful for their dedicated support.
If your community group would like to support Hospice, be it for a Wish List item or a Day of Care, we would love to hear from you: please contact Rachel Lake, Supporter Engagement Lead on 0272221344 or Rachel.firstname.lastname@example.org