As part of a regional fundraising initiative, The Warehouse stores in Otago and Southland have committed to supporting Plunket’s Seen & Safe programme in their local area by running three ‘add a dollar’ campaigns over the next 12 months. Plunket hopes with the support of The Warehouse, along with other community funders, they will see 2,500 helmets and vests given to children in Otago/Southland to be seen and safe while on bikes and scooters.
Plunket’s Acting Area Manager for Otago/Southland Jocelyn Johnstone said, “The Warehouse and it’s staff share our values of child safety in New Zealand communities. We’re very fortunate to have them as a regional sponsor”.
The Seen & Safe programme was developed in 2007 by Otago/Southland Plunket Car Seat Manager Kathryn Implemans, with over 5,000 helmets and vests given out since. “Ensuring young people are visible on our roads, and developing good Road Safety habits when they are becoming independent, is at the heart of the Seen & Safe programme. By getting ‘helmets on heads and vests on chests’ we can help curb injury or death of young children in our communities,” Ms Johnstone added.
At Plunket’s Core-7 check (children aged approx 2-3yrs), parents receive a voucher for a free cycle helmet and high-visibility vest, which they can pick up at a Plunket Car Seat Service. The cycle helmet is fitted, the vest is given & the child’s car restraint is checked.
The Warehouse Otago Regional Manager Daniel Prew (a Plunket Baby himself) said, “The partnership fitted with The Warehouse’s vision of enhancing the lives of families and young people. We’re delighted to partner with Plunket on the programme. Our ‘Add a Dollar at the checkout’ campaign and store fundraising activities, can make a real difference to the children in Otago and Southland, many of whom have benefited from Plunket’s support.”
Plunket hopes with the support of The Warehouse, along with other community funders, they will see 2,500 helmets and vests given to children in Otago/Southland to be seen and safe while on bikes and scooters.
The first of three ‘Add a Dollar at the checkout’ campaigns starts 14th July with in-store promotions on 19th July at The Warehouse stores at Alexandra, Oamaru, Mosgiel, Dunedin Stores, Queenstown, Gore, Balclutha and Invercargill.
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About The Warehouse
Every day, we work with our communities, suppliers and customers to collectively raise money for some of New Zealand¹s most worthy causes.
This year we helped raise $2.5 million - a significant success. Our philosophy of a “hand up” rather than a ”hand out” has seen us help hundreds if not thousands of community groups over the years. We are very proud that, by using our nationwide network of stores and working with our key suppliers to fund-raise, five national charities, each focusing in some way on families and young people, annually receive significant funding towards major projects they are working on.