Shorts for Hospice 2021

Wear shorts on the shortest day of the year and donate. Easy and fun!

Take part with friends, colleagues, or even by yourself.  

Life is short.  Live every moment !

Shorts for Hospice will be held on Monday 21st June, the winter solstice aka the shortest day of the year!

So yeah it’ll be mid-winter, but dig out your summer clothes and find some colourful shorts to wear; have some fun and fundraise for North Haven Hospice.


Download our Info Pack for Participants

Who can take part?

The short answer is: anyone

In fact, the more people who take part, the better, and the more fun it will be.

Organise to wear colourful shorts to work, to school, to your community group or service club meeting.

Or, simply wear shorts at home or wherever you happen to be for the day.

Need shorts?

If you’re short of shorts, there are some for sale at the North Haven Hospice Shop in Whangarei (cnr of Robert St and James St).

And, it shouldn’t matter if you’re a bit short of money, as they’re very affordable!

How does it work?

We encourage businesses, organisations, schools, community groups, service clubs, and aged residential care facilities to encourage staff, students, members or residents to wear shorts on the day AND, in doing so, fundraise for North Haven Hospice however you can.  OR, as an individual, couple or family/whanau, wear shorts wherever you happen to be on the day and make a donation.

How to participate:

Let us know if you plan to join in the fun.

Contact our fundraising team at or 09 437 3355 (office hours) or 0274 652 344. We have resources available, such as posters, stickers, donation buckets, etc.

Ways to fundraise:

  • Simply ask everyone to wear shorts on Monday 21st June and bring a cash donation.  This can be for a set amount (e.g. gold coin) or an open amount.
  • Ask your business/organisation’s boss to match the money that you raise (e.g. dollar for dollar or $1 for every $2).
  • Offer a prize  (e.g. ask the boss to donate a day off work and raffle it to staff).
  • If you’re at home, wear shorts for the day and make a donation to North Haven or via our Givealittle page.
  • Encourage donations to our Givealittle page: shorts-for-hospice-north-haven

On the day:

  • Have fun showing-off your shorts!
  • Share shortbread for morning tea.
  • Run a second-hand shorts sale for colleagues who aren’t wearing shorts.
  • Challenge another team at work or another business to wear their shorts and then meet at morning tea or lunch (or simply share photos) to compare shorts.
  • Take photos of yourself / yourselves and share them on your social media pages (please 'tag' us) and/or email us your pics.
  • Follow the fun on the North Haven Hospice page on Facebook and Instagram.


Why does North Haven Hospice need to fundraise?

To cut a long story ... well, you know;  we're short of money.  In fact, each year now we're nearly $2 million short. 

Unfortunately we're only partially-funded by the Government (via Northland DHB), but there's a huge gap between that funding received and the actual cost to provide our specialist palliative care for local people living with a terminal condition and support for their families/whanau.

To cover the shortfall we need to fundraise $36,500 every week!

And, every dollar raised here, stays here; supporting what is an essential health service for local people facing the end of life and during bereavement.

How you can make a donation.

To learn more, visit Key Info, Facts and Figures.