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Over $2000 fundraised last month

July 2017

Over $2000 was raised through the movie night, ladies' long lunch and through sales of the Craft Room and Menzshed items. This money will go towards the purchase of a Mobility Van with Wheelchair Hoist. With fundraising going so well for the Mobility Van, there'll be some exciting news to share soon!

If you haven't heard about the Craft Room, it's located at the Resthaven Village Centre, making items for sale that include all sorts of arty creations - from paintings, cards and bookmarks, to soft toys, knitted items, and more. Work goes on all week, but the big day is Friday afternoon, when up to a dozen keen craftsfolk come along to work on projects. It's amazing how many items they can produce in the 2 hour session, with many of the finished items available for sale. It's a fun afternoon - there's plenty of banter when this group gets going! 

The Cambridge Menzshed also operates out of the Resthaven Village Centre. Its philosophy is to bring men (and women) together in one community space to share their skills, have a laugh, and work on practical tasks individually (personal projects) or as a group (for the shed or community). They build items for sale including beautifully-made doll's cradles, planters, birdhouses, clothes basket stands, and at Christmas time they make tip truck toys. If you would like to pre-order items, please give Gaylene Callaghan a call on phone 827 6097.

And if you want to have a look for yourself at the items on offer, come along to the Lions Trash n Treasure Market downtown on Sunday 10 September. The team from the Resthaven Foundation will be there with a sales stall.

Ladies Long Lunch in August

This month's Ladies Long Lunch was a real hit, with delightful speakers from Over the Moon Dairy Company and Cambridge Real Estate.

The group heard from Raewyn Price of Cambridge Real Estate.
It was wonderful to have Raewyn attend because Cambridge Real Estate is a Bronze sponsor of the Resthaven Village Centre. It was great to meet Raewyn and acknowledge the generous donation Cambridge Real Estate have made to the Centre. Here's Raewyn pictured next to the Cambridge Real Estate plaque in the Centre's foyer.

And this photo of cheese says it all! 
The awesome team from Over the Moon Dairy Company are used to saying cheese! They had a wonderful array of cheeses laid out on the table to sample. Needless to say, the cheeses were enjoyed by all!

French Night at the Movies

July 2017

It was a fun French filled night at the Tivoli Cinema in Cambridge on 19 July. 

Our superb French waiter and waitresses entertained and fed us with a range of french dishes, before we sat down to enjoy a light-hearted trip through France in the movie "Paris can wait".

Thanks to everyone who came along and made it such an enjoyable night. With your help we raised a tidy sum for the Resthaven Foundation.

You can't beat a Mid Winter Christmas party!

July 2017

It was foodie heaven for the mid winter Christmas Long Lunch held Friday 14 July.

Although Mid Winter Christmas isn’t an official festival, it was a fun way to warm us up in the middle of winter. Out came the Christmas tree and lots of Christmas fare. A firm favourite were the Christmas chocolate logs. They looked almost too good to eat! 

Judith Robinson was the perfect guest speaker on this festive occasion. And Rachael Harper's demonstration of iced cupcakes went down a treat! What better way to spend a Friday afternoon in the middle of winter. Can't wait for next year.

May 2017 - Announcing our June Concert

The Hamilton Community Gospel Choir

We are excited to be announcing our Winter Concert for next month.

On Sunday June 18th we will have the Hamilton Community Gospel Choir performing as part of our Winter Concert Series.

We are looking forward to a lovely afternoon with the choir - come and hear this talented group.

Entry is $10pp, pay at the door. The concert starts at 2pm and is followed by afternoon tea.

The concert is at the Resthaven Village Centre, 4 Vogel Street.
Directions: Look for The Views on Vogel sign with a driveway leading to the Village Centre and ample free parking (the same access as Cambridge Community Garden).

May 2017 - Fundraising success over Lunch

The Long Lunch with Jan Bilton was a beautiful lunch and a fascinatin account by Jan of her travels through her foodie career.

It seemed fitting that our menu came from the pages of Jan's cookbooks, and our cook did the recipes proud! We went with Corn Fritters and a mango/melon salsa, followed by Feijoa Cake with cream and sliced feijoa, decorated with shaved feijoa skin.

Jan entertained us all with stories of her travels, her publishing of thousands of new cookbooks, and her consulting with different countries and adapting her cookbooks and photography, accordingly. She brought along cookbooks and from sales she donated 50% back to Resthaven Foundation as well as giving us her Tamarillo Cookbook to go with our monthly raffle.

A fundraising success - we made over $300 over lunch.

May 2017 - Winter Sunday Concert Series

Back by popular demand!

Our Winter Sunday Concert Series is on again this year. All profits go towards our current fundraising efforts,

Sunday 21 May - For our first concert we have Glenn Carley (pictured) with his smooth easy listening country style. He covers music from artists such as Neil Diamond, Everly Brothers, Vera Lynn and more. Entry ticket is $10pp, pay at the door. Sunday 21 May. Concert starts at 2pm and is followed by afternoon tea.
The concert is at the Resthaven Village Centre, 4 Vogel Street.
Directions: Look for The Views on Vogel sign with a driveway leading to the Village Centre and ample free parking (the same access as Cambridge Community Garden).

June Concert - we look forward to welcoming the Hamilton Community Gospel Choir for an afternoon of entertainment.

April 2017 - Foundation funds new Meals on Wheels vehicle for Cambridge

There has been a fair bit happening in the world of the Cambridge Meals on Wheels. At the end of last year, an accident took the Meals on Wheels car off the road, and it soon became clear that the vehicle couldn't be repaired.

That's when the Resthaven Foundation stepped in to help fundraise for a permanent replacement vehicle. Through fundraising events, and the support of local businesses, a tidy sum was raised and a Honda Edix was purchased.

Resthaven Foundation Chairperson, LesleyAnn Thomas said, "This is exactly the type of project we like to support. The Foundation's purpose is to assist in raising funds for aged-care equipment, services and education in Cambridge, so providing this replacement vehicle is perfect."

As a thank you to the businesses that helped out - Cambridge Park Ltd, Generation Homes Waikato, Vida Homes and Top Gear Autos - their names will be signwritten on the vehicle.

Jan Bilton Guest Speaker for Foodie Event

Ladies Long Lunch - Friday 12 May 2017

Resthaven Foundation is very pleased to announce Jan Bilton as the guest speaker at an event sure to please. Grab your friends and book in now!

Jan Bilton is revered in the world of food – she is a cookbook author, food and lifestyle magazine editor (Living Today, The Foodtown Magazine), food consultant, stylist, photographer and syndicated columnist. Author of 27 cookbooks, her bestselling "New Zealand Kiwifruit Cookbook" sold 140,000 copies internationally, and in 2010 she was named winner of the "Best Food/Wine Guide" category at the World Food Media Awards, for her cookbook "Marlborough on the Menu". Jan's mantra is "Real Food for Real People".

Jan will be speaking of her wonderful trips overseas (all to do with food) and her career in food consultancy for Irvine Holt Enterprises.

This is a fundraising event and is part of the Ladies Long Lunch series. Entry is $25 per person. Enjoy great company in lovely surroundings at the Resthaven Village Centre. A glass of wine and a delicious 2 course meal are included in the price. And the meal will be from one of Jan's many cookbooks.

Proceeds will go towards a wheelchair-capable vehicle for resident and community use.
Payment can be made on the day, but bookings are required by phoning reception 827 6097.
Doors open at 12.30pm.

Directions: Look for The Views on Vogel sign with a driveway leading to the Village Centre and ample free parking (the same access as Cambridge Community Garden).

November 2016 Mobility Van Update - $13,000 Raised To Date

Cambridge-based Resthaven Foundation's major community project for 2016 is to purchase a mobility van with a wheelchair hoist.

A mobility van is a great option for disability transport, helping seniors get out and about to daytime appointments and outings and enjoy the things we all take for granted. The van will be based at Cambridge Resthaven, for use by Cambridge Resthaven residents, as well as being able to be advance booked by community groups, family members and individuals.

The mobility van
The cost to purchase and convert a Ford Transit van into a mobility van is $90,000, and the Resthaven Foundation team has started on their way towards this goal, with approximately $13,000 raised through fundraising events, donations and a grant. The target date is early March to have new wheels!

Because we care

The Resthaven Foundation's philosophy is to establish advanced care for senior members within the community of Cambridge and the greater Waipa and Matamata/Piako communities. The Foundation's charter extends out into the community and aims to fund big ticket items like the mobility van, as well as services for the elderly, advanced care options and specialist education within the aged care sector.

Support and donations for the mobility van

We are grateful for the philanthropic support we have already received from individuals, businesses and organisations. We are now seeking further supporters to help us get to our goal.

Resthaven Foundation is a registered charity (Registration No. 49125).
All donations $5 and over are tax deductible.

May 2016 - The Great Mobility Van Project

Resthaven Foundation's major project for 2016 is a Mobility Van with Wheelchair Hoist. Something which will be a great asset for Cambridge Resthaven and the wider community.

The cost to purchase and convert a van is $90,000 and we have started on our way towards this huge target. Check out the thermometer - we are currently sitting at $2557 and we are aiming for the end of November to have new wheels!

Help us get there! To make a donation on-line simply click here to go to the givealittle donation page.

May 2016 - Inaugural ladies long lunch a hit

Twenty-four women enjoyed the inaugural Ladies Long Lunch at Resthaven Village Centre on Friday 6 May and all look forward to more of the same over the Winter months.

Our guest speaker was Dawn Mienie. All of us hoped that a little bit of her enthusiasm would rub off on us while she was speaking. We heard about her cycle trip along the Otago Rail Trail plus other South Island touring features and her excellence in competing and winning 2 gold medals at the Masters Games in Dunedin. Dawn leads such an interesting life and is a great motivator, and it was a lovely afternoon.

The long lunch is the first of a planned series and is a charity event organised by Gaylene Callaghan to further provide funds towards a new Mobility Van which will include a wheelchair hoist.

The next luncheon is on Friday 3 June at the Resthaven Village Centre, doors open at 12:30pm, with 2 course lunch served at 12.45pm, followed by a guest speaker. Tickets are $20 and bookings can be made at Cambridge Resthaven reception 07 827 6097.

February 2016 - Movie fundraiser

It was a fun night at Tivoli Cinema in Cambridge for the movie premiere of The Lady in the Van. And we raised $1,035 for the Foundation. Thanks to all who came along and supported the Foundation.

November 2016 - The Perfect Personalised Client Gift

Article in Cambridge Edition 4 November 2015

October 2015 - No ordinary time capsule!

The Water Tower Time Capsule started as a germ of an idea in February this year, when the Resthaven Foundation was given the task of finding a memorable way to celebrate the building of Cambridge Resthaven's new community centre. The time capsule idea became reality, and the project grew legs so long that the time capsule stayed above ground an extra six months than originally planned, while it "toured" Cambridge - visiting schools, businesses and community groups. Even the fire brigade got a night-time visit from the capsule!

Probably what people love most about the time capsule is its likeness to the iconic Cambridge Water Tower which stands in front of Cambridge Resthaven. The attention to detail is thanks to Derek Mitchell from Stainless Design, who made the time capsule.

The time capsule's tour of Cambridge kicked off with visits to St Peter's Catholic School and Cambridge Middle School. The students wrote some great questions in the time capsule's message book. When the future generation open the capsule they will have a lovely list of questions to ponder (like "Are the All Blacks still famous?" and "Do people still drive cars?"). Wonder if they will understand some of the questions!

Winter came, but the capsule didn't slow down – it went along to a Rotary meeting and a Roto-o-Rangi Women's Institute meeting, and it stopped by a Cambridge Chamber of Commerce seminar, collecting contributions for the time capsule as it went. August was the fire station visit and September was a stall at the Lions Trash 'n Treasure Market Day, where hundreds of people viewed the capsule.

Thursday October 29th is the big day, when the capsule will be ceremonially placed at the Resthaven Centre's entrance. An eight month project, which started as an ordinary time capsule, turned into a pretty extraordinary community time capsule enjoyed by many in Cambridge!

September 2015 - the Time Capsule still above ground!

Yes the time capsule is still above ground. It's getting closer to its final rounds before heading into the ground. And what better place to visit than accompanying some Cambridge Resthaven residents to the local Cambridge fire station and hanging out with our amazing fire brigade.

August 2015 - the Time Capsule goes to Rotary

Despite it being the middle of winter, the time capsule still made it out and about - it even made it along to a Rotary meeting.

Cambridge Chamber of Commerce gets a visit from the Time Capsule

It's business time for the Time Capsule!! One of the Chamber of Commerce's seminars had the addition of the Time Capsule for the evening.

June 2015 - Time to go to school!

Gaylene took the time capsule to St Peter's Catholic School and the Middle School in Cambridge.
There were some great comments and questions from the students who wrote in the time capsule book. When the future generation open the time capsule in 50 years time they will have a lovely list of questions to ponder (like "Are the All Blacks still famous?" and "Do people still drive cars?") - wonder if they will understand them!

May 2015 - Off to the country, the Time Capsule went!

The Country Women's Institute group had a shiny newcomer crash its meeting!

April 2015 - the First Ceremony

We couldn't have said it better than the Cambridge Edition who captured the day in words and on camera! Here is the article that appeared in the Cambridge Edition 15 April 2015...

April 2015 - A time capsule & an invitation for 50 years' time!

Cambridge Resthaven is planning a unique event. It involves a time capsule, the start of the village's community centre, and involvement from the Cambridge community. Oh, and an invite for 50 years' time!

The time capsule will be celebrating the start of the new Community Centre in 'The Views on Vogel' (Cambridge Resthaven's new village development). The capsule will be placed in the ground at the entrance to the new Community Centre.

The time capsule is the brainchild of Resthaven Foundation's patron, Eric Hill, and the project is fast gaining momentum.

Mr Hall is inviting the community to be involved too – he has invited contributions from the schools within town and from service organisations and groups with links to Cambridge Resthaven.

Rachel Jones, the General Manager of Cambridge Resthaven is also getting the grandchildren and great-grandchildren of Cambridge Resthaven residents involved. She is asking the children to write a story about their grandparent/great-grandparent and possibly provide a photo of the family to put into the time capsule.

These, along with others items, will be placed in the capsule with a view to opening it in 50 years. Mrs Jones said, "We are proud of our community involvement – it is almost 50 years since the community started to plan and fundraise to build the first part of Cambridge Resthaven. So it's fitting we are planning for an event in 50 years' time!"

Cambridge Resthaven are keeping mum on the design of the time capsule, apart from saying there is something very special about the design. It's a secret at the moment, but will be revealed in the next few weeks as the celebration day draws nearer. For enquiries about the time capsule please contact Debbie McGregor at Cambridge Resthaven 07 827 6097.

October 2014 - Resthaven Foundation Patron's First Project

Eric Hill, Patron of the newly established Resthaven Foundation, is delighted to be starting in his role at the Foundation. Just 2 months in, he is having a very hands-on involvement in the first major fundraising project for the Foundation.

The project is a Cambridge 2015 pictorial calendar, featuring a collection of photos of our local rural scenes and parks. It's quite different from the usual calendars you see for Cambridge, which tend to favour the buildings and streetscapes. What makes this calendar particularly special is that every photo has been taken by Mr Hill, who is a talented landscape photographer, and the project is a real family affair – Eric's daughter, Andrea, owns graphic design business Pettigrew Productions and has designed the calendar, and Eric's son Paul is a familiar face at Cambridge's Victoria Station shop and has had a major input. The calendars are out already to make the most of sales pre-Christmas, and a percentage of every calendar sale goes to the Resthaven Foundation to support their work.

The Resthaven Foundation is the fundraising arm recently set up by the Cambridge Resthaven Trust. Its purpose is to assist in raising funds for aged-care equipment, services and education, not only for Cambridge Resthaven facilities but also the wider Cambridge community. Cambridge Resthaven was set up by the community 42 years ago and its charter covers more than just their resthome, hospital and retirement village - it extends out into the community, aiming to make facilities accessible and affordable. This is where the Foundation comes in. Already the Foundation has provided specialised therapy tools that are helping the Cambridge Resthaven ladies and gentlemen suffering from dementia. The Foundation has also run an education session that was open to resthome employees in the Cambridge area.

Mr Hill is an enthusiastic advocate for the Resthaven Foundation. He has a great respect for Cambridge Resthaven and the people who run it, and values his involvement with the Foundation. Having lived many years in Cambridge, Mr Hill and his family have strong ties to the community, and Mr Hill sees the work of the Foundation as complementary to his interest in serving the community. Mr Hill's working life has largely revolved around the printing industry, with his property business running in parallel, including the development of the Cambridge Park subdivision.

The “Cambridge - A rural perspective" calendars are available at the Victoria Station shop, where already the first printing has sold out, or you can pop into Cambridge Resthaven's reception and purchase the calendars there. 

May 2016 - Second exciting venture has kicked off for locals

Over the winter months when things get a little dreary, we want to warm everyone up with some light entertainment. Here's a new event that is open to Cambridge Resthaven residents as well as senior citizens from around the Cambridge community and the surrounding district.

It's called the Sunday Concert Series organised by Gaylene Callaghan. Throughout Winter we will bring a variety of concerts at the Resthaven Village Centre, followed by a scrumptious afternoon tea.

May has been a busy month and the first of the concerts was kicked off by the fabulous Rotary Bruised Brothers on 1st May (picture from Your Cambridge News. Lots of smiles and toe-tapping along to a wonderful selection of golden oldie tunes, bringing back many memories.

We can't wait for the next ones. On Sunday 22 May there is Glenn Carley and Sunday 19 June The Cambridge Brass Band. Concerts start at 2pm. Tickets $10 per person, available from Cambridge Resthaven reception 07 827 6097.


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