On Friday 1st November, staff and volunteers at the Mercy Hospice Ellerslie Shop decided to get into the spirit of the Hindu Diwali festival by dressing up in beautiful saris for the occasion.
Volunteer Anita Maharaj-Booth and Mercy Hospice Shop Window Dresser Min Goodwin came up with the idea.
“We really wanted to do something cheery and for the community,” Anita says,
“And we’d always talked about dressing up. Here was our opportunity.”
Anita, who has been a volunteer at the Ellerslie Shop for the past two years, provided the women with the saris and bindis.
“The feedback has been very positive,” Anita says. Shoppers were treated to gulab jamun – a delicious deep fried Indian treat as part of the celebrations.
“Mercy Hospice Shops bring many cultures together,” Anita says, “Whether shoppers or staff there is a true melting pot of cultures represented here. To celebrate peace, light and love now is a wonderful start to the upcoming Christmas celebrations.”
Mercy Hospice Shops help fund the work of Mercy Hospice Auckland. Mercy Hospice provides a range of specialist community palliative care and hospice services for people facing life limiting illnesses, caring for them with the utmost professional skill, compassion and quality of service. Mercy Hospice also offers support to family, friends and carers to help them cope with the challenges they face in their roles. Services are offered free of charge to patients living in the ADHB area.
Pictured from left are: Joanne Pinkney, Ju Lin Lim, Amanda Davies, Min Goodwin and Anita Maharaj-Booth.
Mercy Hospice Auckland opened its newest shop in January at Mt Roskill's bustling retail centre at 22 Stoddard Road (just along from the Coffee Club and next to the soon to be opened ASB) on Monday 16th January. » Read more
Skip the shopping mall madness and pop into our Ellerslie Mercy Hospice Shops at 188 Ladies Mile where you'll find a treasure trove of unique quality recycled and end of line clothing, home-ware, furniture and electrical appliances. Our Ellerslie shops will be opening longer between 9am to 6pm on Wednesday 21 December to give you more time to find that special gift.