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Ryman donates $180,000 to Hearing Association New Zealand

Hearing Association New Zealand received a significant funding boost this week, receiving a $180,000 donation from Ryman Healthcare to raise awareness of hearing impairment, assist with the delivery of their education programme, and to provide practical assistance to those in the community with hearing difficulties.

This brings the total donated by Ryman to charities over the last 13 years to almost $1.3million.

Each year the staff and residents of Ryman’s 22 villages raise funds for a selected charity, which is matched dollar for dollar by the Company. Hearing Association New Zealand was a very popular choice.

“The Hearing Association provides very important, practical and valuable assistance to those with a hearing impairment, especially for the elderly” said Ryman Healthcare managing director, Simon Challies.

“Our residents and staff love fundraising, through the many and varied fun activities and events within the villages.”

“Fundraising efforts over the past year featured a variety of events including fashion parades, art exhibitions, auctions, market days, quiz nights, movie afternoons and concerts to name just a few."

“This is the 13th year the company has raised funds for charity, and our residents and staff are very proud that over these years their fundraising efforts have topped $1.2m.”

John Harwood, Hearing Association New Zealand president, says the Hearing Association is grateful for the generosity of the village residents and staff.

“We’re very grateful to the residents and staff from all the villages for their enthusiasm and efforts in the raising of these funds.

“It will help fund the important community work we do throughout the country, and we couldn’t do this work without the generosity of companies like Ryman supporting us.

“The funds raised by each village will be used for the delivery of our programmes to assist those with hearing difficulties,” Mr Harwood says.

Ryman presented the donation yesterday morning at their Julia Wallace Retirement Village in Palmerston North.

Last year, Ryman gave $170,000 to the Order of St John, and are delighted to announce that the upcoming year’s recipient will be Osteoporosis New Zealand.

Ryman is a six time winner of the Australasian Aged Care Housing Award for “Best Retirement Village in New Zealand”. They provide homes and care services to more than 5400 New Zealanders, employing more than 2600 staff. The company now has 22 villages nationwide, with a further two villages under development.