Supporting these Charities in 2019
In excess of $1.75 million has been distributed to South Canterbury Organisations over 14 annual Rides.
The 2018 ride provided $153,000 for 7 local Charities and Community Organisations 125 riders raised $153,000 for Hospice SC, YMCA, Alzheimers, Graeme Dingle Foundation, Learning 4U, Riding for the Disabled-Geraldine
Hospice South Canterbury
Hospice South Canterbury offers special care to patients with life-limiting conditions and support for their families. We do this in five main ways.
- Operation of a seven-bed in-patient unit for patients requiring symptom management (25per cent), respite care (25 per cent), and end-of-life (50percent). This requires a minimum of two nurses per shift, three shifts per day, 365 days a year; plus, counselling staff. In the last year our occupancy rate has risen markedly.
- Day care. Each Monday in our therapeutic centre people with life-limiting illnesses visit for massage, reiki, activities and to simply talk to others in similar positions. There are tears, there are laughter.
- A number of new services started in the last year, including an outpatient clinic, a Better Breathing course, a Carer Skills programme and a Relax ad Revive service aimed also at family members.
- Bereavement support for families. During the dying process and for a year after death families are supported by Hospice counsellors and trained volunteers.
- A night sitting service in people’s homes, where trained carers go in to allow the patient’s partner to have a good night’s sleep.
All services are offered free of charge to anyone in South Canterbury who meet palliative care criteria.
PINC & STEEL
The Pinc and Steel Cancer Rehabilitation Trust helps men and women with any form of cancer through both our individualised and group Pinc and Steel programmes in the South Canterbury region. There is a huge community need for access to these rehabilitation programmes as there is no public health service or ACC to help rehabilitate after cancer treatment. The Pinc and Steel Trust provides help to those who really need it focusing on improving strength, wellbeing and quality of life. Medical advances mean more people are surviving their cancer diagnosis and living with long term side effects of cancer and its treatment. If people don’t get rehabilitated it can affect their ability to work, their families and their physical, emotional and social wellbeing as well as their long-term health. Extensive research has proven that people who return to an active lifestyle post cancer have a much higher chance of survival.
Life Education South Canterbury
MS South Canterbury
YMCA South & Mid Canterbury
Funds received would be applied to our operational costs to deliver our various youth development and second chance education programmes. This includes our Resiliency Toolkit programme, Y-Skills Outdoor programme both of which help develop self-esteem and confidence, leadership and teamwork skills, planning and health & safety skills all of which are useful to themselves and future employers.