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High Tea for Hamlin

We need the support of New Zealanders to continue the incredible work started by unsung Kiwi hero Dr Reginald Hamlin, who with his Australian wife Dr Catherine, founded the hospital in Addis Ababa nearly 50 years ago, to provide free surgical treatment and rehabilitation to women.

Host your own High Tea to raise funds for Hamlin Fistula New Zealand, or join us at the event in Christchurch.

High Tea for Hamlin,
Christchurch 2024

Saturday 7th September

Aldersgate Centre, Christchurch

Join us for a delightful afternoon with delicious high tea, musical entertainment, a raffle, books and Ethiopian gifts for purchase. Plus a presentation including the latest updates from the Hamlin Fistula NZ team.

This well-loved and successful High Tea event and tickets will sell out quickly - so secure your seats as soon as possible! 

Please check back soon for further details and to book.

Host your own High Tea

Planning your High Tea for Hamlin

By hosting High Tea events all over New Zealand, the story of fistula sufferers is spread far and wide and the impact is great. 

Your event can be as small or elaborate as you like.

1. Set a date and pick a venue. You can have your High Tea for Hamlin almost anywhere! Have your event at home, work, school, church, or in your local community. It can be as big or as small as you like.

2. Set your ticket price and plan for donations. We recommend suggesting a donation amount to attend. Share your fundraising goal with friends and family and try to collect donations before your event so that you can relax on the day.

3. Invite your guests. Create and send out your invitation. Make sure to include an RSVP date so you know how many people to cater for. Don’t forget to send a reminder about your event and follow up with anyone who hasn’t sent their RSVP.

4. Organise food and drinks. Why not enlist the help of some friends and family or ask guests to bring a plate? 

Tips for Fundraising Success when hosting your own High Tea event

​1. Set a goal. Set a fundraising goal for your High Tea and share it with your friends and family.  Keep your supporters updated on your progress.

2. Ask for donations. The best way to get donations is to ask! Ask your friends, family and colleagues for a donation. The more personal it is, the better. Send an email, write a letter, pick up the phone or, better yet, ask in person. Let them know that even if they can’t attend your event, they can still donate.

3. Suggest a donation amount. Ask your guests for a specific donation amount and tell them what their donation could do in Ethiopia. For example, you might ask for a donation of $29, which could provide a safe birth for one mother and baby – and all their pregnancy and well child care!

4. Personally thank your donors. This is really important. Make sure you let them know how appreciated they are.

5. Hold a raffle. A raffle is a fabulous way to bump up the funds you raise at your event. Keep it simple - you only need two or three prizes.

Help us give hope to every woman.

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Hamlin Fistula NZ is committed to providing ongoing support for fistula surgery and for the preventive work of the midwives. The hospital in Addis Ababa has become a centre of excellence to which doctors from other countries come to learn and master the specialist skills of fistula surgery.

Photography credits to Mary F. Calvert, Kate Geraghty, Amber Hooper, Joni Kabana, Joli Wescombe, Natasha Meyer and Martha Tadesse.