PHOTO by PETER CHAPMAN: FIRST PAST THE POST: The Trifecta Ladies raced through the field to win the best dressed table of the night. The team consisted of Karen Dias, Judy O’Dowd, Cath Romer, Debbie Ward, Jean Caldwell, Susan Roser, Nanette Green and Sharon Atuatika.
THE Ipswich Hospice has played an important role in the local community since it opened its doors more than 27 years ago.
Over those years more than 1000 guests and their families have been part of the compassionate and home-like care delivered by the Hospice’s dedicated team.
Unfortunately to keep providing these services the Hospice can’t rely just on government funding, so each year they need to look to the wider community for support.
An important part of the fund-raising process is an annual night of fun and frivolity at the North Ipswich Reserve Hall.
Over recent times the community has booked the hall out participating in an annual Trivia night.
That was the case again on Saturday night and the result of the trivia buffs generosity means thousands of dollars will flow into the Hospice bank account this week. Who wins the trivia night is inconsequential, the event is all about getting dressed up, having a laugh and buying more raffle tickets than you need.
The night is also an opportunity for Hospice to say thanks to the community.
Hospice CEO, Renee Adams, in her opening address revealed that it costs the centre around $7600 a day to provide much needed palliative care services for its guests.
“While we are always grateful for the government support, we still need to raise $2327 every day to meet the funding shortfall,” she said.
“That’s $332 per guest per day for each of our inpatient guests in our seven-bed hospice to cover exceptional nursing care, meals and other support our guests need and deserve in their final days.”