Kiwis open hearts and homes fresh ideas

Kiwis opened their homes and hearts, and others opened their wallets, raising an impressive $215,000 for Look Good Feel Better and The Cancer Society.

As part of the recent NZ House & Garden Tours 2010, over 4,500 people from across the country stepped into homes in Christchurch, Auckland, Wellington and in the Omaha/Matakana settlements to take in over 40 of the most captivating homes while making their contribution to these special charities.
Sally Duggan, editor of NZ House & Garden, was thrilled by the results.
“As a new editor, I loved the chance to meet so many NZ House & Garden readers. There was a real party atmosphere on the tours, with many people making it a day out with friends and family.  I was especially impressed by the Christchurch group who cycled around the homes and an Auckland woman who walked the tour. “Almost everyone has been touched by cancer in some way, and both of these charities have helped so many people over the years. To give back to them like this is incredibly special, and I think our homeowners and visitors were really pleased to think they were helping a good cause.”
Ray Columbus was among 42 homeowners across the country to open their homes for charity. Countless others also gave generously of their time renovating and refurbishing their homes in preparation for the influx of visitors. Yvonne Brownlie, General Manager of Look Good Feel Better, says she is deeply grateful for all the support received to make this year’s NZ House & Garden Tours a stellar success for the second year running.
“With the funds raised, Look Good Feel Better will be able to extend the programme further to deliver over 200 confidence-building workshops across the country, enabling us to reach even more New Zealand women, from Paihia to Invercargill.” The Cancer Society were equally delighted by the support shown and the funds raised towards helping people with cancer around New Zealand.
Philip Hope, Fundraising Manager of the Cancer Society, says the tours were the tremendous result of the volunteers’ amazing effort in making each tour run smoothly and the thousands of readers who turned up in high spirits. All proceeds received by the Cancer Society are being allocated to the six regional divisions of the Society, according to where the ticket purchasers live.
This allows everyone who supported the event to help people affected by cancer in their own community.  The proceeds will be used to help sustain a wide range of free support services for all people affected by a cancer diagnosis, which include the Cancer Information Helpline 0800 Cancer, a Liaison Nursing Service, counselling, patient welfare, transport to treatments, the patient meals service and fully subsidised accommodation for patients during treatment.

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