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Public concert to raise funds for Waikato Hospital chaplaincy

Waikato Hospital Chaplaincy Concert
School and community choirs, soloists, violinists and a player of the Paraguayan harp will make music together at the annual concert to celebrate the work of Waikato Hospital’s chaplains – and the public are warmly invited to come along and show their support.

The “HEAR and CARE” concert is on Saturday 3 September and raises funds for the work done by the chaplains at one of New Zealand’s busiest hospitals.

The concert is called “HEAR and CARE” because chaplains know that part of holistic healthcare is meeting a patient’s spiritual and emotional needs. That includes being listened to.

“Being heard with respect for our story makes us feel better when we are going through hard times.  We are able to experience a sense of well-being despite suffering illness,” says Reverend Paul Weeding, locum chaplain and acting chair of the Waikato Healthcare Chaplaincy Committee Charitable Trust..

“Hospital chaplains are available to listen and support people at a difficult time.  If patients, families or staff need emotional and spiritual support, then we provide it, regardless of a person’s beliefs, age or culture.”

This fits well with one of the new core values for Waikato DHB – “Whakarongo – listen to me, talk to me”. The values form part of the DHB’s recently announced strategy, vision and values (read more here).

The concert will feature more than 100 performers, including:

  • Sopranos Dr Beverley Pullon and Amy Thomas
  • St John’s Methodist Tongan Choir
  • Hamilton Community Gospel Choir
  • Petra Voce (St Peter’s School, Cambridge)
  • Luminescence from Waikato Diocesan School for Girls
  • St Paul’s Collegiate Choir
  • Fizzi Whale (Paraguayan harp),
  • Emi Ng (violin),
  • Victoria Chanwai (violin)
  • The Campbell brothers
  • Vision College Vocal Ensemble
  • St Peter’s Cathedral Choir

Friends of Hospital Chaplaincy HEAR and CARE Fundraising Concert

When: Saturday 3rd September, Doors Open 7 pm, Show starts 7.30 pm

Where: St Paul’s Collegiate Chapel, 77 Hukanui Road Chartwell

Tickets: Adults $20, Students $5

For tickets call Heather 027 315 6031.  Door sales (cash only) will be available on the night at 7pm.

For more information please contact Friends of Hospital Chaplaincy; phone Heather on 027 315 6031 or email chaplain@waikatodhb.health.nz

Photo: Waikato Hospital chaplains, left to right: Sr Marie Finn, Pastor Bruce Sligo, Pastor Sonny Poutapu and Rev Daniel Sitaram.  The chaplaincy department also has a large team of volunteer chaplaincy assistants.

Waikato Hospital Chaplains 2016

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