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Hospice South Canterbury Administrator Jill Pearce, left, Marketing and Events Manager Jeanna Munroe and Saleswoman Tina Mitchell hold the organization’s raffles.
Hospice South Canterbury has temporarily closed its two Timaru stores and moved to online sales, due to rising community cases of Covid-19.
The organization’s head of marketing and events, Jeanna Munro, said stores on Church and Orbell streets closed temporarily on Monday for the “safety of volunteers, staff and the community”.
“We would hate to put anyone in danger. We also see it as doing our part to try to flatten the curve and reduce the pressure on our regional health board,” Munro said.
“Both stores will reopen when we have a clearer picture of the risk Omicron poses to our community.
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The organization’s main fundraiser for the year, the Caroline Bay Rock and Hop, scheduled for March 17-20, has also been canceled,
Munro said stores were also “a big part of our fundraising, but we have to consider the health of our volunteers, customers and employees.”
“We also want to play our part in reducing the impact on our healthcare system.
“The decision of when we will do this has not been easy, but with a clear trend of increasing numbers, we have decided that the risk to our community far outweighs the monetary benefit of staying open. , we’d rather be safe than sorry.
The organization’s $10,000 raffle sale, which used to be a regular Rock and Hop feature, has now become “bigger” to sell, she said.
“They usually sell out at the event, but with no event and our stores closing, we need people to buy the tickets.
“They can do it through our website or the Rock and Hop website. It’s a way for the community to help us make sure we don’t run out of much needed funds.
Munro said about $20,000 in entry fees was donated, despite the event being canceled.
At this point, the organization will use social media and Trade Me to sell the items from their online store.
While she had “no idea” how long stores would be closed, she hoped it would only be for four to five weeks.
“Once we have a better understanding of how our community will cope, we can make a decision.
“The challenge going forward will of course be raising the funds we need to replace those we have missed.
Other fundraisers included a Virtual Coffee Club, with a $5 donation to Hospice per week.