Vehicle Testing New Zealand (VTNZ) has teamed up with Plunket to help provide for New Zealand’s future generations as a ‘Pick Me Help Plunket’ partner. The two organisations have been working together since 2006 but are now formalising and extending the relationship. VTNZ Chief Executive Mike Walsh said that, as part of VTNZ’s commitment to safety, “we’re delighted to increase our nationwide support for Plunket to help them provide more support services to New Zealand families.
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.
After reading of the plight of the Olivier family, whose car was trashed by vandals last Sunday, Canterbury Plunket Car Seat Services has offered to assist the family by providing a free car seat through its donation car seat scheme sponsored by Paul Kelly Motor Co. http://www. stuff.
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.
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.
Many families will be right in the middle of buying Christmas presents for their children. There’s an unlimited range of toys available at the moment, so it’s important to make sure you buy the safest ones for your children. Safekids Aotearoa, Energizer and Trading Standards (Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment) have recently sent out a useful list of questions to consider when buying toys for your children.
With the holiday season in full swing, Plunket would like to remind families that every time a child travels in a car they need to be in a car seat or booster seat. Plunket’s Car Seat Service exists to help families get access to child car restraints. If family or friends are going to be driving the kids around over the holidays Plunket can help with a short-term hire for a few days or weeks.
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.