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Supporting local community groups is a key part of our culture. Our people spend many hours each year providing volunteer assistance and fundraising, with the holiday season a particular focus.
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Staff in our Auckland office are proud to support Lifewise NZ by providing presents for children in need. This year we received a list of 40 children from 11 families ranging in age from 4 months to 16 years old.
Lifewise provides foster care for up to 7,500 children across Auckland, as well as providing a range of support services for families including housing, health & disability, and mental health services.
In lieu of Christmas gifts this year the Waikato team have chosen to donate $5,000 to Kids In Need.
Graeme and Linda Roil began fostering in 2014 focusing mainly on the support of newborns and emergency and respite care for older children. They were deeply concerned with the level of support for both foster children and also their caregivers. They began engaging with the community for donations and providing carepacks to kids in need. This included children placed into foster care and grandparents raising grandchildren.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, our Hawkes Bay team have chosen not to hold their annual Women Influencing Women Christmas Charity event, but wanted to find a way to still support those in need. Instead they are reaching out to both staff and clients to support The Foodbank Project to collect food donations. Most-needed items can be found here. You can also donate online directly here:
The Taranaki office have donated $2,000 worth of food to the New Plymouth Community Foodbank and $1,000 to the Stratford Food Bank in lieu of sending out Christmas cards this year.
The New Plymouth & Stratford Community Foodbanks provides food parcels to members of the community who are struggling with day to day living costs to offer a helping hand up. They accept donations of food & consumables from individuals, groups & businesses. If you would like to support these organisations more information can be found here:
This year for our annual Foodbank collection with our building, one of our staff members collected funds from Staff and did a big shop for the local Foodbank, which was added to other donations collected. Along with this we heard that Vinnies (BOP) had very little food donated during the Christmas period, they usually put food packs together for families who are having tough times. Their donations usually come from Church gatherings but of course due to COVID-19 these gatherings have been much less. Since its the season for giving and it has been a hard year for many families in our community, our Tauranga directors decided to put a cash donation to Vinnies to help them put more food packs together.
The Christchurch office has made a donation to the Lions Club of Christchurch South Charitable Trust. Lions clubs throughout New Zealand proudly host the “World Festival of Magic NZ” which has been touring New Zealand for over 30 years. This show is 90 minutes of fantastic family fun. Tickets are complimentary and are only given to special needs and disadvantaged children and their families.