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Every Wednesday at Albany Senior High School, their akonga spend time working on Impact Projects. One of the hubs of around 30 students is called Craft for a Cause, where the students research various organisations who accept hand-crafted donations. They then go on to source their materials and learn the skills needed to create their items. Over the past year the students have crocheted and knitted items such as bonnets for premature babies, as well as beanies and blankets for various charities.

Our own Trish Fleming visited the school to talk about Hospice West Auckland’s Dragonfly – Te Kapowai initiative, and the uptake from the students was immense. They loved the creativity this project offered and put much aroha into their beautiful mahi.

A unique beaded dragonfly is sent home as a keepsake to every Hospice West Auckland family who has lost a loved one, aiming to bring comfort and hope to those dealing with loss in their time of need. We are so grateful to the Albany Senior High School students who have learned about the significance of dragonflies to Hospice, and have put so much care into creating these beautiful works of art for our whānau.