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GM’s Message – July 2017

We were in the midst of our Annual Hospice Week when my last post was published (May 2017).

Ipswich Hospice Week was a resounding success – the standard and expectations have been raised to have an even bigger and better Hospice Week in May 2018. If I chose to thank each and everyone involved – this post would list many hundreds of names. Thus, please accept my sincere appreciation and I am extremely proud of the incredible contribution made by so many both within Hospice and in the wider community for supporting Ipswich Hospice Care. Ipswich Hospice Week aligns each year with National Palliative Care Week.

The colour purple was really well represented out and about during Hospice Week. Purple is the universal colour for hospice – it is associated with nobility, solemnity and spirituality.

These few days in the public consciousness could help someone in a very difficult time later when they really need a specialised and local service like ours…. by virtue of knowing that such a great service is exists!

I would encourage you to check our Facebook page especially the great photos from the ‘Wear Purple for Hospice Day’ campaign and the ‘# 31 stories’, to name a few….. you might see a pseudo-superhero 🙂

Ipswich Hospice Care is extremely reliant on support from those in our local community whether it is through volunteering, membership of IHC, donations, payroll deductions, in-kind donations, bequests, support of our fundraising activities, etc. We aim to become the ‘Charity of Choice’ in Ipswich and the West Moreton region.

Our ‘Adopt a Room’ initiative has been very well regarded and we are proud to have five rooms (out of seven rooms) ‘Adopted’ thus far – thank you very much!

We are currently in the midst of significant repairs to x 6 bathrooms. Having being built in 1994 they are showing distress / leakage into the support timber structure underneath. Our seventh bathroom was built in 2012 and as such it is still in very good order.

Two bathrooms are being repaired at a time (… because our bathrooms are literally back-to-back) – thus there will be three stages of repairs. We are concurrently having two rooms at a time painted in order to refresh the atmosphere and ambience of our Guest Wing rooms. We have been able to action an insurance claim but we are still footing additional costs and the wonderful ‘Adopt a Room’ donations are helping to supplement this cost which would have diverted finances from our already precious / limited budget.

I have had the privilege of sharing some interesting information about Ipswich Hospice Care’s philosophy, activities and close connection with the wider community in recent weeks – thank you to the following organisations for allowing me to be a guest speaker at their events:

  • Cascade Gardens Community Cascade Gardens Leisure & Retirement Village.
  • Ulysses Club Inc – Ipswich Branch.
  • Glebe Road Uniting Church (Dr Judith McEniery gave a fantastic presentation – I wished we could have videoed it)
  • Darling Downs & West Moreton Primary Health Network (DDWMPHN).
  • Orpheus Chorale
  • Probus Club, North Ipswich Branch.

If you are a member of a club or organisation in need of a guest speaker, please tell them to contact me and it will be a pleasure to speak about Hospice, etc.

I also look forward to your feedback and comments about all aspects of our service provision – we are your community run and owned organisation.

Thank you and kind regards,

Paul.

Paul Brew, General Manager
Ipswich Hospice Care Inc.
37 Chermside Road Eastern Heights QLD 4305
Ph (07) 3812 0063