The Truby King Bequest Society returned to its birthplace in March, with an afternoon tea in Dunedin. Plunket mums, ex-Karitane nurses and ex-Plunket committee members gathered to celebrate our achievements and hear about plans for the future – all aimed at ensuring that Plunket continues to offer the services that new mums and their children need. We welcomed the Society’s 32nd member at a similar event in April, in Palmerston North.
Father’s day came early for Year 12 students at Dilworth School, when eight Plunket dads and their young children visited the all boys’ school earlier this month as part of Plunket’s Education in Schools programme. Around 80 students got a first-hand experience of being a dad – bathing the children, reading to them and playing with them – while hearing from dads about what it’s like to be a parent. Plunket Educator Juile Weatherall worked with Dilworth School to organise the session: “As Dilworth is an all boys school we wanted to see if we could get an all dads group along for the first time.
This Father’s Day (Sunday 7 September), Plunket is celebrating all New Zealand dads who help give their kids a good start in life, year-round. “Nearly 60,000 babies were born in New Zealand in 2013, and we can confirm that not one parent reported their newborn arrived with an instruction manual!” said Liam O’Sullivan, Plunket Community Services Leader in Southland. “Many dads are finding their own way to bond with their kids and be great dads.