The Cancer Society’s Lions Lodge in Hamilton provides free accommodation, meals and support for people who travel long distances for cancer treatment at Waikato Hospital. The Lodge hosts a range of services for guests as well as local people affected by cancer, including educational and wellbeing programmes, massage therapy and support groups. With your help we can provide free accommodation and support to people who need it.
Porridge and a continental breakfast available until 8.30am.
Our shuttle driver arrives to take guests to treatment at Waikato Hospital.
Every week the shuttle makes 59 return journeys and travels 354km.
Lodge volunteers arrive to help new guests check in before heading to the kitchen to unpack deliveries and prepare lunch.
Massage therapy on site supports the physical and emotional wellbeing of guests and other Cancer Society clients who are undergoing treatment.
Cancer Society supportive care nurses visit clients staying at the Lodge to offer support and a listening ear.
A weekly organised morning walk takes guests and other Cancer Society clients to nearby Lake Rotoroa.
The cow bell tells guests when lunch is ready with soup, savoury muffins and sandwiches on offer.
A local physiotherapist holds a monthly information session about managing lymphoedema — a common side effect of cancer treatment. It’s one of many programmes run at the Lodge throughout the year which focus on promoting healthy lifestyles, managing side effects of treatment and improving self-care.
Volunteers join our chef in the Lodge's kitchen to help prepare the evening meal. Guests are welcome to lend a hand preparing vegetables and peeling potatoes.
The Lodge’s spacious, modern lounge overlooking Lake Rotoroa is an ideal place to relax with a book from the well-stocked library or to enjoy the occasional music performance by a volunteer or guest on guitar or the Lodge’s piano.
Guests enjoy a homestyle meal like chicken casserole with mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables — perfect comfort food to make guests feel at home and to support their wellness as they undergo treatment.
During the week, the Lodge kitchen produces 12 meals for up to 78 guests.
Evenings provide an opportunity to socialise with other guests, take part in planned activities like bingo, cards or karaoke, or just relax in the TV lounge.
Our overnight supervisor clocks in to ensure all guests have support — if they need it — 24 hours a day.
Your support will ensure we can continue to open our doors to people affected by cancer. Donate today by visiting cancernz.org.nz/donate