LOCAL Winery, Bushman Rock Estate, has partnered with Island Hospice and Healthcare (Island) to host their annual Vintage affair in a bid to raise funds for the organisation. Proceeds from the Vintage Affair will go to Island programs that deliver palliative services to; patients living with cancer, HIV, and other chronic conditions as well as bereaved families including child-headed households, widows and elderly carers.
From 1979 to 2000, Island has been favourably supported by donations from the public sourced through, street collection days, bequests, donations in kind for their charity shop and community fundraising drives. However, since 2000, donations have decreased resulting in reduction of services of the program nationwide. Aimed at re-engaging the public, The Vintage Affair, will be the first major fundraising drive of 2015 for Island Hospice following their rebranding and name-change last year.
Vintage Affair is an annual grape crushing event held at Bushman Rock with live music, a lavish Mediterranean Buffet and a Polo exhibition match. Bushman Rock has been a champion of Island Hospice’s services for over three years.
Island has been in the business of providing quality palliative care to those facing life-threatening illnesses and their families in Zimbabwe for over 35 years. With an HIV prevalence of 14.3%, hypertension now at 27%, Zimbabwe has a documented significant need for palliative care services at a 1 in 60 people (children being at particular risk) according to World Health Organisation.
Island Hospice also offers other psycho-social support programs including trauma debriefing, workplace stress management & wellness interventions as well as capacity building for healthcare professionals, institutions and any other organisation that promotes health in the community including corporate entities. Bereavement services are not limited to Island’s patients but include schools, groups and institutions and any individual who has experienced a sudden or tragic death including suicide, murder, accidents, and other illnesses that are not chronic conditions.
The Vintage affair will be held at Bushman Rock Estate on the 28th of February, 2015. Tickets are on sale for $70 per person at Island Hospice, 6 Natal Road, Belgravia, Harare. For more information please call 04 701 674, or visit www.islandhospice.care