Be Heard at Voices for Hospices

Discover your voice at this year’s Voices of Hospices event.

A ‘Mexican Wave’ of simultaneous concerts and musical events around the globe, Voices is held every second year on World Hospice and Palliative Care Day.

The biggest one day fundraiser for hospice organisations around the world, the event is an opportunity for people with life-limiting illnesses, their caregivers, family and friends to be heard.

On Saturday, 10 October your voice can be one of the millions to raise awareness, funding, and increase the availability of hospice care services locally, regionally, and internationally.

This is the fourth time Cayman has participated in the global event and this year’s Voices ‘09 activities are expected to draw a record breaking crowd locally.

Organisers have partnered with members of the National Orchestra, National Choir, and Camana Bay to create an unforgettable evening of music and entertainment.

The sole service provider on the island, Cayman Hospice only receives 10 per cent of their budget from the government. That means 90 per cent of the budget comes from the public and private donations.

To make this year even more special and memorable, the concert will mark the grand opening of The Crescent at Camana Bay.

This outdoor waterfront amphitheatre style arena will come alive with the sound of music for the first time on this incredible night.

Aside from a night of great music under the stars, it’s also the perfect venue for HospiceCare workers, supporters, and volunteers to spread an important message.

It’s a chance to shine a spotlight on the barriers preventing millions of people around the world from accessing the care they need.

Lack of education, funding, availability, and restrictive health and prescription drug rules force the terminally ill to suffer horrific pain and distress, according to members of the Worldwide Palliative Care Alliance.

Voices and other World Care Day activities and events allow the terminally ill, loved ones and others to share their stories of how their daily lives improved physically, emotionally, and spiritually thanks to the love, support and services they received from hospice or other palliative care workers.

It’s their chance to stand up, be heard and urge their local, regional, and international politicians and key policy makers to invest in hospice and palliative care in every country so everyone receives the quality care they deserve no matter what their diagnosis.

Tickets for the October event can be purchased at Camana Bay for $10. Additional donations will be accepted throughout the night.

All the money raised will be used to ensure all and palliative care services remain free of charge to local patients and their families.

Gates open at 6.30pm in the evening, the music signalling the global wave of simultaneous concerts starts at 7pm.

If you would like to take part in this fall’s big Voices celebration and support the local hospice care chapter call the organisers at 945-7447. WH