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.
Plunket says parents wanting to quit smoking on Smokefree day need look no further than to their children for the best reasons – and for their support. Plunket fully endorses the theme for 2014 World Smokefree Day on 31st May, which is ’Quit now. It’s about whānau.
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.
News of a feared measles outbreak in Auckland has prompted Plunket to restate the importance of immunisation. “Immunisation is the most effective way to protect children from the many childhood diseases that can affect New Zealand families today,” says Plunket clinical advisor Allison Jamieson. Allison says these diseases can have serious complications and are often spread by family members or friends.
New Zealand’s largest provider of services to support the well being of children under five welcomes proposed legislation requiring plain packaging of tobacco products. The Smoke-free Environments (Tobacco Plain Packaging) Amendment Bill passed its first reading in Parliament last night and has now been referred to the Health Select Committee for public consultation. Plunket Clinical Advisor Elaine Gordon says Plunket actively support the government’s goal of halving tobacco consumption by 2015 and achieving a smoke-free New Zealand by 2025.
Early childhood caries is one of the most common and costly diseases of childhood, according to the Report of the Health Committee, and Colgate, Plunket and the New Zealand Dental Association are working together to establish healthy oral hygiene habits in Kiwi kids from a young age. Colgate gives a toothbrush and toothpaste to every new Plunket baby at their five month visit along with educational resources for parents in a bid to combat early childhood caries, also known as tooth decay or cavities. Colgate Scientific Affairs Manager Rebecca Schipper says oral disease and its consequences, such as pain and self-consciousness, can have a profound effect on a person’s quality of life and future ability to gain employment, highlighting the importance of taking care of our children’s teeth.
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.
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.
Planning on hitting the beach with your family this summer? The weather looks set to improve this weekend, so a quick dip at the beach or at your local pool has never looked so good. Water activities are a lot of fun, but they can also be dangerous. Water Safety New Zealand recently reported that 81 people drowned in New Zealand in 2013, including five preschoolers.