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Rainbow Place Selected As Dio's 2015 Charity Focus

posted 26 Feb 2015, 14:23 by Debbie Stevens
At the end of last year, students voted Rainbow Place (Hospice) as their main charity of choice to support in 2015. Focusing on one major
local charity gives us, as a community,  the opportunity to make a meaningful difference.

To kick off our school-wide support, we are getting behind 'Shorts For Hospice' on Friday, March 6th. The students will be holding a mufti day and donations will be collected for Hospice. We encourage our whole school community to get in behind this important, but fun, event.

Hospice Waikato is the only Hospice in New Zealand to offer a specialist child-focused palliative care service. It also offers a specialised sudden death and grief counselling programme for children and young people aged from 0 to 18 years (and their families).

Rainbow Place offers care and support to children and young people (and their families), when a child or young person has a life-limiting or life-threatening condition and is either not expected to live far into adulthood, or their condition may result in premature death. Care and support are provided for as long as the child or young person needs it; this may be for many years in some cases. 

Rainbow Place is part of the comprehensive Hospice Waikato palliative care service and has access to a broad range of support including the seamless transition of care to adult-focused hospice services, should this be appropriate.

Rainbow Place also provides support for children and young people affected by the illness and death of a family/whanau member or significant person. This applies to those people receiving care and support from Hospice Waikato, or  a sudden and/or traumatic death, due to an accident, suicide  or sudden, unexpected health event.

All services are provided at no charge to patients and families. Support is available at Rainbow Place, in the home or other community settings such as schools .