Plunket President Andree Talbot has announced the resignation of Plunket Foundation Chair, Sir Ray Avery. Sir Ray was appointed Chair in June 2013, and was instrumental in the appointment of a new set of Trustees followed by the official launch of the Foundation in August 2013. “The Board of the Royal New Zealand Plunket Society is grateful for the energy and time Sir Ray has been able to give over the past two years and acknowledge that he now wishes to focus on his philanthropic global healthcare commitments.
Plunket says World Immunisation Week, which kicks off today (24 April), is a wonderful opportunity to promote the importance of immunisation to communities throughout New Zealand. World Immunisation Week (24-30 April) is a World Health Organization initiative to promote the use of vaccines to protect people of all ages against disease. PlunketLine National Advisor Elaine Gordon says immunisation is a vitally important a tool to protect New Zealand families and communities.
Plunket is changing its car seat service and moving away from rentals and sales to focus on the prevention of unintentional injuries more broadly. As part of the changes, Plunket plans to do more to prevent children from being injured in and around the home, where most accidents occur. The charity’s car seat service, which has helped many thousands of Kiwi families keep their children safe when travelling in cars, will continue to focus on education and advocacy as part of the broader strategy for preventing unintentional injuries.