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.
International Volunteers Day on 5 December is a chance to acknowledge and thank more than one million New Zealanders who give their time and skills to make a difference in their communities every year. For the past 106 years the passion and dedication of volunteers has enabled Plunket to give New Zealand parents the knowledge and support they need to nurture healthy, happy kiwi babies. Plunket New Zealand President Tristine Clark says volunteers are what make Plunket different from other Well Child providers.
Haidee Hemsley recently won the Pam Murray Volunteer of the Year Award, which has been running since Pam Murray was the New Zealand President of Plunket (From 1999-2003). Haidee has been volunteering for the Titahi Bay Committee for five years, and currently holds the role of President. Moana Uerata-Jennings, Wellington Plunket’s Community Service Leader, said that Haidee has been integral to keeping the Committee together in a very diverse community.
New Zealand’s first Safe Sleep Day is happening next Friday 6 December. Safe Sleep Day is focused on promoting safe sleep practices for babies, so that every sleep is a safe sleep. Every year in New Zealand 60 babies die from Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy (SUDI).
You may remember our story about our Plunket Build a Bus appeal. This went live a few weeks ago and so far, organisations around New Zealand have generously donated over $35,000 for Plunket mobile clinics. We still need to raise another $20,000 to get our first new mobile clinic and if we do that by 31 December, LeasePlan - our fleet partner, have offered to match donations up to the value of a second bus!
We’d love to be able to take advantage of this wonderful offer – so please help us reach our target.
A group of innovative volunteer mums have launched a new initiative to raise money for Plunket in the Auckland area. The initiative, called ‘Sandbox Tees’, is a limited release t-shirt fundraising campaign. While the t-shirts have been available for sale since 2010, the campaign itself has been given a new name, branding and a brand new website.
Plunket’s national child safety advisor, Sue Campbell, urges families to take care and be responsible with fireworks this Guy Fawkes. Plunket encourages people to attend public displays, where neighbours and friends can meet and enjoy the occasion safely. Large, spectacular public displays are held in many towns and cities around the country and can be great fun for all the family
“Fireworks are fascinating and exciting but can be terrifying for young children,” says Sue.