After slow start, beer fans hop to it for hospice

Otago Community Hospice chief executive Ginny Green pours a specially brewed ginger-infused Vienna lager at a hospice fundraising event at Otago Polytechnic on Saturday. Photo: Peter McIntosh.
Otago Community Hospice chief executive Ginny Green pours a specially brewed ginger-infused Vienna lager at a hospice fundraising event at Otago Polytechnic on Saturday. Photo: Peter McIntosh.
Otago Community Hospice chief executive Ginny Green was delighted with the success of a ''Hops for the Hospice'' fundraising event in Dunedin on Saturday night.

''Everyone had a terrific time,'' Ms Green said.

The event, held at Otago Polytechnic's Hub, attracted about 100 people, many of them sampling Ginja Ninja, a unique craft beer, and four other craft beers.

Ginja Ninja, a ginger-infused Vienna lager, was developed for the occasion through a creative collaboration between the hospice, Otago Polytechnic and brewer Vicki Yarker-Jones, who is a senior nursing lecturer at the polytechnic.

Polytechnic communications director Mike Waddell said the polytechnic was pleased to be working with the hospice ''to make our city a better place''.

Ms Green said the hospice already had a close relationship with the polytechnic through the training of nursing and occupational therapy students.

More recently, the polytechnic had also been helping the hospice with fundraising activities, starting with a black tie event last August.

After earlier concerns about a slow response, bookings for Saturday's event sharply increased.

''I'm feeling really positive that people have come to have a good time.''

About $6000 had been raised for the hospice, she added.

The hospice had to raise $2.1 million each year, and she was ''hugely grateful'' for the support that the polytechnic leadership had shown for fundraising efforts.

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