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Te Omanga Hospice highlighted as charity partner for Hutt lights carnival

HighLight: Carnival of Lights returns to Lower Hutt on Friday and has chosen Te Omanga Hospice as its 2018 charity partner, raising money to help with its rebuilding.

The free annual event illuminates Riddiford Garden in central Lower Hutt over Labour Weekend with a carnival of live entertainment and performances, interactive light installations, fireworks and food trucks.

Te Omanga Hospice, established in 1979, provides care and support to people, and their families, living with a terminal or life limiting illness in the Hutt Valley. It is fundraising $10 million to rebuild its earthquake-prone building in central Lower Hutt.

Last year’s inaugural HighLight event attracted more than 100,000 people to the Garden, and raised $20,000 for 2017 charity partner Alzheimers Wellington.

Event organiser Carla Steed was “thrilled” with the money raised last year, and says she hopes this year’s event can help Te Omanga Hospice with its fundraising efforts.

“Te Omanga provides essential palliative care services in our community, and they have a big target this year, so it was an obvious choice for us to partner with them.”

Chief Executive of Te Omanga Hospice, Biddy Harford, says she is looking forward to seeing what’s in store for this year’s HighLight: Carnival of Lights and is grateful for the assistance in helping their fundraising efforts.

“Being a charity partner at HighLight will help Te Omanga light up lives in our community. With the rebuild of our earthquake-prone hospice, we need our community right now as much as the community needs the hospice.”

HighLight returns to Riddiford Garden in Lower Hutt from Friday 19 October, with free entry from 8.00 to 11.00pm until Monday 22 October.