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.
This month you have the special opportunity to be an online fundraiser for Plunket.
PlunketHero is our new platform where anyone can sign up to be an online collector for Plunket. Whether you are running a marathon, hosting a special party, or just want to show your support to New Zealand families you can help Plunket by signing up and shaking that virtual bucket.
In March 120 team members from The Warehouse will embark on a cycle relay the length of New Zealand (2,213km) to raise funds for Plunket Playgroups. Pedal for Plunket, kicks off in Cape Reinga on Wednesday 4 March, crossing the Cook Strait on the Bluebridge Ferry on Thursday 12 March and then finishing in Bluff on Tuesday 17 March. Plunket and The Warehouse are encouraging Kiwis to support the ride by adding a dollar to their purchase at The Warehouse stores nationwide (from 4 March), visiting http://pedalforplunket.
When Plunket launched its ‘Build a Bus’ fundraising drive for one new mobile clinic, it got more than it bargained for. The response from donors surpassed all expectations, and Plunket was delighted to raise enough for not one, but three mobile clinics. Donors contributed over $140,000, and Plunket’s long-term lease partner also got on board donating one mobile clinic.
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.
Earlier this year, Knit World, one of New Zealand’s leading knit specialists, launched a ‘Knit World Pattern for Plunket’ campaign. Since then the teams at Knit World’s stores have been asking their customers to use purpose-designed patterns to knit beanies, singlets and booties for Plunket babies and toddlers. They’ve also kindly offered their stores as collection points, distributing the tiny garments to local Plunket clinics to ensure they go to the families who need them most.
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.
The Truby King Bequest Society’s programme of hosting functions for small groups of supporters around the country is proving very successful. In January the location was Greytown, Wairarapa, with a function that attracted Plunket supporters representing generations of grandparents, parents and children. “These functions are a fantastic opportunity for us to discuss the option of leaving a bequest to Plunket with those who already support us through donations, and to thank them personally for being part of the Plunket family,” says Abby Cormack, our Bequest Programme Manager.
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.
Knit World, one of New Zealand’s leading knit specialists, is getting behind Plunket and launching a ‘Knit World Pattern for Plunket’ campaign. Knit World has asked customers to use a special pattern to knit a total of 15,000 items (beanies, singlets and booties). Once Knit World has reached their target, stores will distribute the items to local Plunket clinics and will ensure some items go to high need families.