Plunket’s Bear Hug Appeal is gearing up for this coming March.
Our family of very cuddly and huggable bears has grown! We now have Big, Middle and Little Blue – who all come with a smile guarantee!
Our family of Blue Bears will be out helping to promote Plunket and asking for your support during our Annual Appeal.
As a not-for-profit organisation we have to fundraise so that we can sustain and grow our community support services. All money fundraised or collected during our Annual Appeal remains within the local community it is given.
There are many different services provided by Plunket around the country depending on local needs.
Northland focuses money raised on Parenting Education (these courses provide assistance through education, support, and funding - especially for those most in need), and the maintenance and upgrade of our community-based nursing clinics.
In Counties Manukau, money donated provides community support to families and whānau. This includes providing free parenting programmes, coffee groups, playgroups, parent support groups, Car Seat Services, and 1-2-1 support at our family centre. It also enables the maintenance and upgrade of our clinics and facilities.
And in Southland, while supporting normal play and support groups, they’re working on creating a support group for Dads – first-time Dads, single Dads, third-time Dads, Granddads – just any kind of Dad. From pregnancy to birth, and the first few formative years of a child’s life; there’s a lot to learn. It’s an amazing time, a hard time and sometimes an isolating time. This group looks to provide support, education, confidence and to share experiences. And, of course it’s all done in good clear man speak.
The truth is the more people we have collecting on streets, the more we will raise – it all comes down to numbers. Numbers on streets; the number of people we can reach; the amount of donations given.
If collecting doesn’t tickle your fancy, there are other ways to be involved from helping at local events or at the local Plunket office – if you have a skill you’d like to use, let us know – we promise to make good use of it!
If you would like to help your local Plunket during our Annual Appeal, please contact the local Area Appeal Coordinator.
Plunket’s Annual Appeal runs for the month of March, with a particular emphasis on street collecting Monday 3 – Sunday 9 March. Plunket’s Annual Appeal raises funds to support a wide range of local community services including play and support groups, Toy Library, Car Seat Services, Parenting Education, the maintenance and upgrade of clinics, and wages for Community Support Coordinators.