Next week (2-8 March) is Plunket’s Annual ‘Bear Hug’ Appeal and Plunket volunteers are getting out and about to raise funds for local and regional services for children and their families. Plunket has been welcomed into the homes of New Zealand families for over 100 years - giving New Zealand parents the support they need to nurture healthy, happy kiwi babies.
To keep Plunket services going, volunteers are once again fundraising in a range of ways across the country – from taking to the streets with Plunket mascot ‘Big Blue’ for a street collection, through to Teddy Bear picnics where people can make a gold coin donation while joining in the fun.
Here’s proof that donations come in all shapes and sizes: in February we received a gift of free television advertising from the SkyTV network, including Prime, TV3 and FOUR. This wonderful gesture meant we could spread the word about our upcoming Annual Appeal to more people than ever before. So we thought it would be a great idea to share some of the precious memories recorded in the Plunket books of people young and old around New Zealand.
Our thanks go to everyone who has supported our recent appeals. Your belief in our work and commitment to the wellbeing of New Zealand’s children leaves us humbled and very, very grateful. Building buses
In October last year we launched the ‘Build a Bus’ appeal in response to an urgent need for more mobile Plunket clinics.
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. Why does Plunket need to fundraise?
As a not-for-profit organisation we have to fundraise so that we can sustain and grow our community support services.