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.
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.
Plunket Car Seat Services in Waikato are being centralised to Hamilton which will mean the closure of some smaller local services. Plunket apologise for any inconvenience caused. Services to close:Te Aroha Car Seat ServiceClosing Friday 8 November
Thames Car Seat ServiceClosing Wednesday 13 November
Paeroa and Waihi Car Seat ServiceClosing 11 November
Morrinsville Car Seat ServiceClosing 15 November
All enquiries to be directed to:Hamilton Plunket Car Seat Service12 Richmond StreetHamilton07 839 2123
Monday to Thursday 8.
Contact Energy has joined with Plunket to help families in need prepare for upcoming changes to child restraint laws with a contribution of $25,000 to Plunket’s car seat service. From 1 November the mandatory use of child restraints in vehicles will be extended by two years, with all children required to be correctly secured in an approved restraint until their seventh birthday. To help raise awareness of the law change, a number of Contact Energy funded booster seats were given away this week to families in need in Porirua during a road side checking clinic.
Plunket is urging New Zealand families to think about their kids’ safety while they’re on the roads this holiday weekend. “Over this weekend have a great break, enjoy time with family and friends and remember everyone has to be properly buckled up”, says Sue Campbell, Plunket’s National Child Safety Advisor. “Car crashes are one of the biggest dangers to New Zealand children.