Today (1 November) marks the first birthday of a new law requiring all children aged seven and under to be secured in a car seat or booster seat when travelling in a vehicle - and to mark the milestone, ACC and Plunket are encouraging families to invest in their children’s safety. On 1 November 2013, the law extended the age that children must be in a car seat or booster seat from their fifth birthday to their seventh birthday. In response, Plunket and ACC joined forces to subsidize over 10,000 car seats for community services card holders, supporting families to keep their kids safe in cars.
Plunket today expressed its concern over a new UNICEF report which finds the child poverty rate in New Zealand has reduced by just 0. 4 per cent since 2008. The report also finds the proportion of New Zealanders who state they don’t have enough money to buy food for themselves or their family has increased from 9% in 2007 to 14% in 2013.
Our Pick Me Help Plunket partner Dettol are launching a great campaign which raises awareness about the importance of hand washing. Check out the GIVE LIFE A HAND campaign film. Every day, more than 2,000 kids around the world die from preventable illnesses like diarrhoea.
Public Trust has committed to becoming a 'Pick Me Help Plunket' partner for the next three years. This means the two organisations are now allies, intent on growing a sustainable, long term relationship designed to support New Zealand families and children. Public Trust Chief Executive Bob Smith acknowledged the parallels between the two organisations.