Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Let Everyone Eat Strawberries And Ice Cream

Let Everyone Eat Strawberries And Ice Cream8,700 punnets of fresh Spring strawberries and 2,500 litres of ice cream will be sold by New Zealand Hospices around the country in early November.

New Zealand hospices in Dunedin, Marlborough, Wellington, Lower Hutt, Paraparaumu, Havelock North, Napier, Gisborne, Hamilton and throughout Auckland will be running the second "National Strawberry Festival" to raise funds for Hospice services.

"Summer is almost here; we are enjoying the lighter evenings and we want people to have some fun, enjoy the lovely new season's strawberries and support a very worthwhile cause -their local hospice," says Karen Doucas, Festival spokesperson. "Part of hospice philosophy is about enjoying life and making the most of it.

Among the events, the 2,500 visitors to the "Hospice Holly Trail" in Havelock North will be able to refresh themselves with strawberry sundaes in the town centre. Strawberries and ice cream will be sold to competitors and visitors at the Queen Charlotte Classic Multi Sport Race in Picton where 1,000 competitors are expected along with several thousand spectators.

Fifteen hundred visitors to the "Kumeu Arts in the Garden" event in Auckland can sample strawberry Devonshire teas. Wellington's public servants will be able to scoff strawberry sundaes in Grey Street and Midland Park and a number of Wellington restaurants will be selling strawberry themed desserts. Approximately 50 craft and food stalls will be running in Hamilton for Hospice Waikato during the weekend of World Rowing Championships. Family fun days are being run in Gisborne and Kapiti.

"Our hospices provide a very high standard of care for terminally ill New Zealanders free of charge and funds raised from the Strawberry Festival helps towards keeping those services free," says Karen Doucas. The first "Strawberry Festival" was run in Wellington in 2005 by Mary Potter Hospice and it has since grown to become a national festival in 2009.


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