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.
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.
Tuesday 17 June is the launch date of the Tick for Kids community coalition, of which Plunket is a member. Tick for Kids aims to make sure children’s rights, and interests are a central focus in the lead up to the 2014 election and into the next parliament. Plunket urges political parties to prioritise children’s access to good quality health services, housing, education and welfare to ensure every child has what they need to live a safe, happy and fulfilled life.
Plunket believes elements of this year’s budget acknowledge the need to invest in the early years, with a particular focus on increasing paid parental leave from 14 weeks to 18 weeks by 2016. Plunket welcomes the additional investment in families, with increasing parental tax credits and free GP visits and prescriptions for children up to the age of 13. Plunket would still like to see paid parental leave increased to 26 weeks as a medium-term goal for future New Zealand families and Whānau.
A recent email from a Plunket mum led us to an astonishing discovery: a Plunket mothers’ group that first met in September 1951, and continues to meet today!Kellie wrote to tell us about her grandmother who, now 87 years old, is an active member of the ‘Plunket Old Girls’ – a group of women who as young mothers formed the Royal Oak Plunket Mothers’ Club. With their babies as their uniting force, the mothers initially met for afternoons of fun and friendship in a local church. Later, and as their children grew older, they held evening meetings in borrowed rooms and each other’s homes, and more recently they’ve chosen to lunch at a local cafe.
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.
Easter is coming up and while it’s bound to be a weekend of fun, we’re urging families to think about kids’ safety in the car this weekend. Plunket have come up with six tips to help keep your children safe in the car while travelling this weekend. 6 ways to keep your child safe
Take your child with you when you leave the car, even if you are only going to be away for a few minutes.