Our entry represents the right of everyone to have a go, pursue dreams, aim high and share the joy of giving life their best shot. Going for Gold was a collective effort of patients (and whanau), staff, volunteers and supporters of hospice who donated materials and freely gave their time and skills to promote OT. Over recent months day patients have been armed with yellow wool and excitedly returning the following week to show us their efforts. At one point we couldn’t keep up with the demand to put the flowers on wires! Some who were unable to manage to knit or crochet flowers were happy to knit a rainbow stripe or wind a pompom. One patient taught us how to make butterflies.
One of our patients summed it up thus: “Craft is relaxing and comforting. It’s my way of releasing pleasure for someone else.” Another felt that the flowers were “so nice, I have made some for home.” A volunteer found it very therapeutic to be helping with the project, she would sit down and make a flower. if she “had a spare hour.” A fellow volunteer reflected that her family were all supportive, frequently asking how she was going and interested in what we were doing. She misses it now that the project has been completed!
Although those contributors were not consciously doing it specifically to promote the role of OTs, their comments clearly show that there was benefit and that they found purpose and a sense of achievement in what they were doing……occupational therapy.
Judges Renaldo and Bonnie were blown away by the detail put in by Totara Hospice “lots of detail, lots of effort to put it together and with a fantastic meaning behind it” shares Renaldo. Bonnie Chapman adds “There is incredible detail in this work with the arrangement, mounting, overall display, and description - how clever and bright. I see a lot of time and fastidious detail in this entry, well done”.