THE Hawthorndale Care Village (HCV) has $4 million left to raise with $29 million funding confirmed for the $33 million development.
HCV trustee and project chairwoman Sarah Hannan said she was thrilled with the fundraising progress made early on, however, the efforts had paused during the pandemic.
“We are now keen to re-engage with the wider community to raise awareness of the project, the need for the community asset, and gain the momentum we need to attract the final $4 million to make our vision a reality,” Ms Hannan said.
The project was formally launched in October 2019, with an ambitious target, she said.
The HCV project is an aged care facility inspired by the world-leading Dutch dementia village, De Hogeweyk.
The design of the village and the delivery of care removed the institutional, hospital feel and replaced it with residents living in small groups in houses where the rhythm of everyday living was tailored to each individual resident, Ms Hannan said.
The former site of the Hawthorndale School on Tay St, Invercargill, was secured for the village project.
Working group member Paddy O’Brien said the HCV design team had worked tirelessly behind the scenes during the past six months finalising the concept design, and working hard to bring the overall cost of the build down, while maintaining the vision of the village.
“Together, as a community, we must set the bar higher. By donating now, you can be part of the legacy to give elderly people in need of care, and those living with dementia, freedom, a sense of purpose and better health and well-being outcomes,” he said.
Ms Hannan said 10 years ago, her mum went from being a fit, healthy and vibrant 70-year-old to increasingly disoriented and forgetful, before being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.
“It was heartbreaking to watch her slip away during the past decade, passing away late last year. Although the village will be too late for mum, our family has made a major donation, and I am involved to help make it a reality for those, like her, living with dementia.”
- To find out more or to donate to the project, go to www.thehawthorndale.co.nz