New Zealand’s first Safe Sleep Day is happening this Friday 6 December with events taking place across the country. The day is an initiative by Whakawhetu National SUDI Prevention for Maori. Plunket clinical advisor Jess Beauchamp says Safe Sleep Day is a national campaign focused on promoting safe sleep practices for babies, so that every sleep is a safe sleep.
Robert Walters have hosted another successful charity quiz and auction night for Plunket. A total of $13,790 was raised through raffle tickets, a quiz and an auction. The event was attended by special clients of Robert Walters, and provided an opportunity for Robert Walters to thank them for their ongoing business and support for Plunket.
We have four – with your help we could make it more!
Unfortunately our existing buses are fast approaching their use-by dates. We currently have four buses in the Auckland and Northland regions and we’ve recently leased one in Canterbury to meet the increasing need for our services in the post-earthquake environment. We’d love to expand our fleet of buses (Wellington and Hamilton are top of the list) - however, it’s difficult enough to fund the maintenance expenses, let alone find the $55,000 it will cost to replace those beyond repair.
Eight years ago, and thanks to the support of our donors, Plunket launched new mobile clinics – ‘clinics on wheels’ designed to reach out to families who, for any number of reasons, weren’t accessing child health checks or preferred not to be visited at home. The aim was to ensure that, no matter what their circumstances, babies and children could get the checks and care they needed, and parents and caregivers could access support, information and advice. Today the mobile clinic is an increasingly important part of the Plunket service; we now have four on the road, covering Northland, Waitamata, Auckland City and and Counties Manukau.
Massive thanks to Robert Walters Recruitment Consultants who helped us raise over $15,000 for Plunket New Zealand!A Quiz Night evening sponsored by Robert Walters was a chance for Robert Walters, and Plunket to thank their partners, sponsors, clients and suppliers for the support and business they have given to the two organisations. Through raffle and auction items donated by generous organisations around Wellington and New Zealand, $15,200 was raised and proceeds will be used to continue to provide community services and give kiwi kids the best start in life. An Auckland Quiz night with Robert Walters is scheduled for October.
On 12 May, the anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale, it’s time to celebrate nurses around the world through International Nurses Day. Plunket CEO Jenny Prince says that nurses make a huge contribution to society and are often unsung heroes. “Plunket nurses have been a part of New Zealander’s lives for over 100 years, giving parents the advice and support they need to nurture healthy, happy kiwi babies.
Plunket says World Immunisation Week, which kicks off on Monday, is a wonderful opportunity to promote the importance of immunisation to communities throughout New Zealand. World Immunisation Awareness Week (22-29 April) is a World Health Organization initiative to promote the use of vaccines to protect people of all ages against disease. Plunket clinical advisor Allison Jamieson says immunisation is a vitally important a tool to protect New Zealand families and communities.
Colgate-Palmolive, Plunket and the NZ Dental Association are celebrating giving away more than 150,000 infant toothbrushes and toothpastes, as part of their commitment to establish healthy oral hygiene habits in Kiwi children from an early age. For the past three years, Colgate has donated a toothbrush and toothpaste to every new baby at their five-month Plunket visit, along with educational resources developed by NZ Dental Association (NZDA), for Plunket nurses and parents. The joint initiative is designed to combat cavities in New Zealand children’s teeth.
Plunket is urging people to keep an eye out for children as they head back to school this 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.