NZME Special Children’s Christmas Party
The Special Children’s Christmas Party, in association with the Cancer Society, provides an unforgettable experience for disabled and disadvantaged children in our community.
The Good Neighbours Project
The Good Neighbour Projects aim is to be a catalyst for change, to help provide a hand-up.
They provide many excellent services from their Drop-In Centre but not everyone in need will always come in. Through their Loaves & Fishes and FullFill projects, they go to the community rather than waiting for people in need to come to them. Loaves and Fishes are about delivering lunches to school children whose teachers have identified them as coming to school frequently without food. A team of volunteers make packed lunches and drive them by midday to 15 Hamilton schools.
FullFill is a community van that goes out to a different part of Hamilton each weeknight. It leaves at 5:30 pm and returns around 7:30 pm having visited from 3-5 streets. Depending on the time of the year, from 200 to over 400 people come out to the FullFill van each week. The volunteer teams that go out in the FullFill van never cancel on account of the weather. Even on the most bitter winter nights people still come out to the FullFill van.
We were so impressed with what Good Neighbour Projects are doing that we bought them a car, to make it easier for volunteer drivers to deliver lunches and run errands without having to take the van, which was difficult for some volunteers to drive. The new car has also helped them increase the number of schools they can reach each day.
Maungatautari Ecological Island Trust
Maungatautari is an internationally significant restoration project on the largest ecological island of New Zealand.
Ronald McDonald House Charities NZ
House Charities works to improve the health and well-being of children and better the lives of children and their families in New Zealand.