Press Release – Te Omanga Hospice
Te Omanga Hospice in Lower Hutt has appointed Katherine Monks to head its fundraising and marketing programme.
Katherine has recently led fundraising for IHC New Zealand. Prior to that she was Business Development Manager for the Cancer Society of New Zealand and their regional Fundraising & Communications Manager.
Te Omanga’s Chief Executive Biddy Harford said, “We are delighted to have someone of Katherine’s calibre join our team at Te Omanga. While Katherine was working at the Cancer Society in Wellington she led an event that raised the most funds in Australasia from ‘Relay For Life’ and was subsequently selected to represent New Zealand at the American Cancer Society Leadership Summit.
“Katherine’s appointment confirms our commitment to secure Te Omanga’s future in the face of increasing patient numbers resulting from an aging population and the need to provide comprehensive palliative care that meets the needs of their family/whanau. Looking ahead, we need to ensure that we have the necessary support to continue to provide our services without cost to all those requiring palliative care in our community.”
Te Omanga Hospice assists the terminally ill to make the most of their life that remains and to ensure that patients die comfortably, with dignity and in their own home if that is their wish. Staff at the Hospice provide support and care for the family and close friends during the patient’s illness and bereavement.
Wellington-born, Katherine began her fundraising career as a volunteer 26 years ago whilst in the Middle East married to a NZ Army Officer serving as a United Nations peacekeeper. This exposure to different cultures stood her in good stead for her attitude that one size does not fit all and to embrace change readily.
Both Katherine’s children went to school in the Hutt Valley and she was actively involved in the parents associations’ at Chilton St James School and Wellesley College. This hands-on involvement made Katherine appreciate the power of volunteerism and the difference people can make when everyone is striving towards a common goal.
A previous Fundraising Institute of New Zealand award winner, Katherine brings an in-depth understanding of the philanthropic landscape, the need to be transparent and for charities to be good stewards of the donated dollar.
Katherine Monks says, “Today, supporters have so many choices about where to give their discretionary dollar and communicating with them about the impact they can make is crucial. It is with the generous support from our community that we can provide a nurse to visit someone in their home or arrange a counselling appointment for someone grieving the loss of a loved one.”