Otago Community Hospice chief executive Ginny Green (left) holds Timeshift by P. Smith and marketing and communications co-ordinator Ebony Johnston holds Ralph Hotere's Gloria in Excelsis Deo at the hospice in Dunedin yesterday. Photo by Gerard O'Brien
Works of art including a ''pearler'' by Ralph Hotere are set
to be auctioned to raise funds during Otago Community Hospice
Awareness Week, chief executive Ginny Green says.
Ms Green said 10 works, including the Ralph Hotere painting
Gloria in Excelsis Deo, were given by Mike Bird, of Dunedin,
for the fundraising week.
The hospice cared for 150 patients and proceeds would provide
them support, she said.
The original Hotere painting was valued at about $20,000.
Hospice Awareness Week Art auction organiser Rachel Bird, Mr
Bird's daughter, said her father gave the art because the
family knew the importance of the hospice's work.
''We lost my wee gran at the hospice. It was an amazing
experience and they are a group of amazing people.''
The hospice needed to raise $1.6 million a year, she said.
''So, if we can give a bit of help along the way, that's just
The other works were by artists Sue McLean, Suzy Platt, P.
Smith, Sheryl McCammon and Darlene Meiring.
Ms Green said the hospice awareness week would be launched at
the Art School Gallery, in Riego St, on Monday and the art
would be auctioned at the gallery on Thursday night.
Ms Green said collectors would be out on Friday for the
hospice street appeal.
''If people feel they can make a donation, every bit