Plunket has a wonderful dedicated family of partners who support our everyday work within communities across New Zealand – and when extraordinary events like November’s earthquakes occur, they’re also the first to put their hands up to help.
Huggies, Wattie’s, Dettol and Colgate rallied together to provide much needed supplies of nappies, baby food, and cleaning products (including hand sanitizer and wipes, and tooth paste and brushes) for quake affected families in Kaikoura and North Canterbury. Pregnancy & Parenting Manager Linda Hill led the coordination and distribution of these support packs (‘Hugs in a Bag’) alongside her Plunket Canterbury staff and volunteers.
Plunket has today launched an interview series that reveals the challenges and rewards of life as a Plunket nurse. The Making a Difference series is a feature of Plunket’s 1000 Days to Raise a Bundle fundraising campaign, which aims to promote awareness around the vital role that the charity plays in the first 1000 days of a child’s life. “The best research shows that what happens to a child in their first 1000 days will influence their entire life,” Plunket Chief Executive Amanda Malu says.
As the work year ends and the holidays begin, Plunket is offering parents and caregivers some practical tips for keeping safe this summer. “All children deserve the best protection they can get, and mums and dads deserve a relaxing break,” says Plunket National Advisor Child Safety Sue Campbell. “When planning ahead for summer fun, include ways of protecting children from unsafe situations.
Plunket’s Raise a Bundle (RAB) fundraising campaign has provided Plunket partners with a platform to engage with their audiences. It has created an environment where partners can profile their relationship with Plunket, as well as help us to raise funds to support our community services. BestStart is one of these valued Plunket partners, and we are looking forward to what lies ahead in 2017.
Today is International Volunteer Day and Plunket is paying tribute to the thousands of its volunteers around New Zealand who support the charity. International Volunteer Day is a United Nations-led initiative that celebrates the one billion-strong volunteer workforce around the world. The theme for 2016 is “Together we can”, which the organisation says emphasises the power of community and that by working together, we can achieve great things.
It’s natural for new parents to want to keep their babies close after the recent earthquakes but Plunket is advising families to continue following safe sleep practices. Plunket’s National Advisor for Māori Health Zoe Tipa says for parents who choose to bring their babies into their bed, the use of sturdy plastic pepipods and flax wahakura are a safer option. “But unless you have one of these, our advice is to follow the usual practice of keeping your baby in their own bed, making sure they are sleeping face up and face clear, and ensuring the house is smoke free.
Plunket’s vision is that ‘In the first 1000 days, we make the difference of a lifetime’. In an historic vote at its National AGM today, Plunket agreed that the best way to achieve that vision is to move away from its current Area Society structure and transition into a more modern and relevant national charitable trust. A single, cohesive national organisation will make it easier for Plunket to deliver fairer outcomes for its families and children with a focus on areas that need it most, Acting New Zealand President Christine Lake says.
Plunket is delighted by the generosity of almost 1,000 people and organisations who have so far raised over $500,000 for the charity at a gala luncheon and auction in Auckland today. The event was organised by Plunket Foundation Trustee Sir Graham Henry and Foundation co-Chair Professor Richie Poulton (head of the Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study). The lunch at Sky City is being attended by a Who’s Who of the sporting world, including Richie McCaw, Gemma Flynn, Brendon McCullum, Lisa Carrington and sponsor Fonterra.
I hope you, your family and friends are finding comfort in each others’ support following the recent earthquake and flooding in Wellington. Our thoughts are with those in communities that have been hit hard by these events. The Wellington Support Office will reopen tomorrow.
Confirmation has this afternoon been received that our Support Office in Wellington has been cleared as fully operational by essential services contractors. As previously advised by engineers, the building has not suffered any apparent reduction in structural capacity. The office will reopen tomorrow.