Home Recalls – The Gisborne Herald


Posted on July 08, 2021 at 1:02 p.m.

Call for art to decorate the Gisborne Wing at Cancer Society Lions Lodge.

There is no place like home.

Judy Garland’s famous quote from The Wizard of Oz rings even truer for cancer patients who come to Waikato Hospital for treatment.

The Cancer Society Lions Lodge in Hamilton is the home away from home for Tairawhiti patients. It even has a Gisborne wing.

Cancer Society Gisborne East Coast is keen to display works of art that showcase the places and people of Tairawhiti to help remind those who stay at the lodge why Tairawhiti is so special.

“If you would like to donate visual art showcasing places and / or people in Tairawhiti, we look forward to hearing from you,” said the company’s volunteer coordinator, Kj Danielle.

“We would like to hang the art in the Gisborne wing of the pavilion as well as in the rooms of the Cancer Society where our services are provided.

Troy Conole and Robyne McKeague are the first artists to donate some of their work, but the Cancer Society would like other artists to join them.

Conole offered his Te Kuri-a-Paoa (Young Nick’s Head) imprint with a pohutukawa in the foreground.

“I think when someone is going through something demanding like that, remembering home is a good idea from the Cancer Society,” Conole said. “If I can make someone happy, I’m happy.”

McKeague’s work shows the view from Waikanae Beach with the harbor and Titirangi / Kaiti hill in the background.

Lions Lodge is planning a renovation to maintain its condition for the next 10 years.

A fundraising auction night will be held at Vilagrad Winery in Ohaupo near Hamilton on Thursday September 16th.

The Cancer Society will accept that all donated items be auctioned in support of the lodge.

Gisborne East Coast Cancer Society Director Lianne Jenkins or one of the Society’s supportive care team members visits the lodge once a month.

They support Tairawhiti clients and the whanau and offer one-on-one and group discussions, a listening ear, advocacy and extra support when they return home to Gisborne.

For more information, contact the services of the Cancer Society, contact [email protected] or call the Gisborne center at 867-1795

Wanted Tairawhiti Artwork: Cancer Society Gisborne East Coast Supportive Care Coordinator Abby Collier (left) and Director Lianne Jenkins display artwork donated by Troy Conole and Robyne McKeague for display at Lions Lodge in Hamilton to visit Gisborne cancer patients. The Cancer Society would like to receive more artwork showing the views of Tairawhiti for the enjoyment of patients and whanau when they are away from home. Photo by Rebecca Grunwell