A win on the pokies during a women's bowls trip to the West
Coast has ended up as a win for the Wanaka hospice shop, too.
While in Greymouth for a bowls tournament in February, the
Wanaka women's team fancied a flutter at a local hotel -
which paid off when Pauline Hope won close to $100.
With the winnings burning a hole in her pocket, Mrs Hope and
her team-mates spotted a shop in Greymouth holding a wool
''It was a good price and it was pure wool, so I thought
'Right!','' Mrs Hope said.
The women crafted a plan, a bulk load of wool was bought and
after enlisting the skills of team member and knitting
enthusiast Fran Duncan, an assortment of handmade beanies was
produced and given to Wanaka's hospice shop.
''I was so overwhelmed. It was a lovely gesture,'' shop
manager Bev Rudkin said.
Modelling their colourful contributions are (from left) Delma
Guy, Margaret Young, Pauline Hope, Colleen Landsborough,
Rhonda Hurley, Fran Duncan, Doris Studholme, Alice Turnbull
and Kathleen Sutherland. Several of them regularly knit or
sew items for the shop.
Upper Clutha Hospice Trust chairman Russell McGeorge said
$150,000 had been raised in nine months - from shop sales,
donations and fundraising events - towards operating costs
for a proposed hospice, which will be part of an aged-care
facility at Wanaka's Aspiring Retirement Village.