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.
Following this morning's earthquakes we would like to advise the following:
1. Plunket's National Support Office, based in Wellington, will be closed following Civil Defence advice to stay out of the CBD so that buildings can be checked.
Along with many New Zealanders, Plunket worries about the arrival of winter.
“At this time of the year, families on low incomes really struggle to make ends meet and often can’t afford high heating bills. We encourage all landlords and property agents to make sure their rental homes are insulated, heavy curtains have been provided to keep out drafts, and any water leaks or dampness are dealt with quickly,” said Sue Campbell, Plunket’s National Child Safety Advisor.
Summer is all about fun, family, friends and hopefully some sunshine. But it’s also a time when sunburn and accidents are all too common. Here’s how to help keep your children safe while you’re making the most of the summer months.
Plunket is supporting three exciting initiatives designed to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our children.
Training the babysitters of the future
Through our Education in Schools programme we’ve updated the Plunket Babysitting Certificate course, which teaches potential babysitters how to keep children safe and ultimately be responsible, caring, trustworthy, respectful and competent in their roles. Targeted mainly at students aged 13-14, the course is also sometimes taught as part of after-school programmes and community activities and in Girls’ Brigade and Plunket centres.
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.
When BNZ staff arrived at Plunket in Featherston this morning to volunteer for the day, they were tasked with a tall order – make our playground magical. Through BNZ’s annual ‘Closed for Good’ programme, which this year sees almost 4000 staff volunteer for the day at over 460 community projects nationwide, Plunket asked staff from the local BNZ branch to create an inspiring, creative, safe and fun play space for local children. “It’s amazing.
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.
27 June 2014
For immediate release
Plunket: keep kiwi kids safe this winter
With the cold weather now here across the country, Plunket are reminding families to be alert to the dangers from heaters, fireplaces and other sources of winter warmth. Sue Campbell, Plunket’s National Child Safety Advisor says keeping babies and young children warm and safe is always a priority for families. “Burns from heaters and fires are a real danger for children.
Plunket is urging people to keep an eye out for children as they head back to school next week. As New Zealand’s largest provider of services to support the health and development of children under five, Plunket recognises many children will be venturing off to school for the first time. Sue Campbell, Plunket’s National Child Safety Advisor, says for parents and caregivers the start of the school year can be an emotional and busy time.