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April 2015 Commun ity newslett er

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A ten-year old boy from the Nelson programme said, “The best thing about having a mentor is that I’ve learnt to have a friend.” When he was asked what makes a friendship, he replied, “Trust, time and fun”. And, this ten year-old captured the essence of the Big Brothers Big Sisters model of mentoring. It’s not a complex intervention; it’s all about fun, friendships and ordinary activities. Being a mentor doesn't require any special skills - just a willingness to be a supportive friend, do fun stuff and provide a listening ear. We are desperately short of mentors especially in Stoke and Richmond. If you or someone you know is interested in finding out more give us a call or drop us an email.

Finding time in our busy lives

Motueka Quiz Night & Charity Auction 7.00pm Friday 22 May 2015 Motueka Golf Club $120 for a table of 6, includes a platter, licensed bar available email rachel.saunders@bigbrothers phone 03 5459864 / 0211920149 All funds raised go to Big Brothers Big Sisters Motueka start something Volunteer Advocate Donate

Entertainment book fundraiser

We're offering all our supporters the opportunity to get discounts and special offers at various restaurants, accommodation and

How lucky are we to live in Nelson! A day at the beach or the river are wonderful low cost and easy to organise outings. The value in terms of quality time with a young person can never be over-stated. It amazes me how many of our young people do not experience this very often. Taking young people into the outdoors has so many benefits- new places, activities, and experiences. We consider it very important to provide these sorts of opportunities for our mentors and mentees through our programme. Many of our young people don’t know what they don’t know – so exposing them to experiences that they would not normally get is important in helping them grow, gain confidence and look outside themselves to the world around them. Here in Big Brothers Big Sisters, we make the most of these opportunities locally and across our region. One of the nicest things we see are the smiles on our little people’s faces enjoying something they don’t usually get to experience, having a personal achievement and most of all having a caring mentor sharing the experiences and achievements with them. Our sponsors, funders and supporters really do make a difference in this world! We are thrilled to welcome some wonderful local organisations on as our new Cornerstone Sponsors and look forward to partnering with them over the next few years. They all believe in supporting our community and making it the best place to be! Ngā mihi nui Rachel

entertainment venues and help us raise funds at the same time. We're selling

Programme Director

2015/2016 Entertainment ™ Memberships - you can either buy a book of vouchers or a digital membership, which puts the value of the book into your iPhone or Android smartphone. Both options have hundreds of up to 50% off and 2-for-1 offers, which are valid until mid 2016. You can pre-book you membership now by contacting nelson@bigbrothe

Firewood fundraiser If you're looking to stock up on firewood this winter, buy through the Edgewood Trust, which will be giving Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nelson some of its firewood sale proceeds from June onwards. The trust did the same last winter and raised more than $5000 for our organisation. It has now decided to support us on a long-term basis, which we're thrilled about. To order firewood contact Ray Hill from June onwards on ph 03 545-1512 or 021-141-7858.

Match statistics Number of young people currently matched: 118 Number of boys on our waiting list: 30 Number of girls on our

Big Brothers Big Sisters Events For information on events go to our website events calendar or check out our Facebook page.

Here are some photos from our recent camp for young people and mentors at Marahau.

waiting list: 19

Nelson Trolley Derby - Thank you

Thank you to all the crew, volunteers, clubs, sponsors and organisers for a great fun event for families, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nelson was the 2015 charity of choice.

Thanks Mitre 10 Mega, our kids loved the opportunity to have a go in the Mitre 10 trolleys - great fun!!

for more photos and videos of the 2015 Nelson Trolley

Derby look at nz

Thanks to our Supporters... We'd like to acknowledge the ongoing support of our sponsors and funders...

Cornerstone Sponsors



sponsored by

Edgewood Trust

BBQ Breakfast in January

Assaf Family Trust Benjamin Black Goldsmiths Di Pierri’s CafÊ Endeavour Financial Harvey World Travel Richmond Hirepool Individual Donors The Leader Community Newspapers Leighs Holdings Motueka Lions Club Motueka Rotary Club Nelson Aviation College Nelson Heating and Cooling Nelson Trolley Club Network Tasman Trust Pelorus Trust Richards Woodhouse Chartered Accountants Rollos Rotary Club of Nelson Rutherford Rotary Club Sport Tasman Summit Real Estate Motueka The Hits 89.6 The Warehouse - Motueka

Like us on Facebook We're phasing out our Twitter account, but will soon have a link to Pinterestinstead, a useful online pinboard where mentors can find activity ideas.

There were a few drenched kids by the end of our BBQ breakfast for mentors and young people at Tahunanui beach in January. The kids had a ball running through the spray of fire hoses brought along by Nelson firefighters and

splashing in the puddles created. Thanks Nelson Fire Service!

Tasman Bay Snapper Classic 2015

Thank you very much for the absolutely wonderful donation of over $7000 from the Tasman Bay Snapper Classic

competition. We are very grateful and appreciative of this generous donation and the support that goes with it, the time, the energy and the massive amount of work you have done to fundraise for it.

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