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Community Newsletter

Private Bag 39, Nelson 7042 Phone: 545 9864 No. 3

October 2010

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Kia Ora, Welcome to the third of our quarterly Community Newsletters.


A huge thank you to everyone who contributed to the “bid for this Kid” Community Auction. The night was a fantastic success with approximately 200 people attending and about $11,000 dollars raised. This money will be used to support the matching of young people with volunteer adult mentors. Please read on as page three acknowledges the individuals, organisations and businesses that supported this event. We could not have done it without you, especially Debbie Edwards and the Ernest Rutherford Retirement Village. Currently we have 80 volunteers matched with young people and a further 14 completing training or awaiting a match. We would like to thank each and everyone of you - you do make a difference! To our Sponsors – thank you for your ongoing support and your community minded nature. Your support is invaluable!

Up-coming Big Brothers Big Sisters Events 2010 •

13 November - Trafalgar Centre’s Giant Garage Sale If you have Items that you can donate please call Barbara 545 9802 or email her on; Barbara Lloyd:

Come along and support us and other Community organisations • Thursday 18 November – Wakefield Swimming Event for Mentors and their Young People • Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 November Southpine and Lions Charity Golf tournament • Tuesday 7 December – Volunteer Recognition Evening at the Boatshed. A celebration of our Volunteers, Schools, sponsors and community organisations that contribute to the programme.


If you have any questions about the Big Brothers Big Sisters programme or if you would like to become a mentor please contact us! Best wishes The Team at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nelson

Staff Gavin Millar: Ph: 545 9864. Private Bag 39, Nelson 7042 Rebecca Maria Briggs: Barbara Lloyd:

Congratulations to Dave Marshall, Big Brothers Big Sisters National Director, for receiving the Paul Harris Fellowship. Dave was nominated by the Rotary Club of Whakatu. This Rotary International Award was conferred by Rotary District 9970 Governor Margaret Reeve in recognition of his outstanding work in the community and for establishing One-to-One Mentoring and Big Brothers Big Big Sisters in Nelson. Congratulations Dave from all of us at Big Brothers Big Sisters!

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New Schools join with Big Brothers Big Sisters! Last Term Kathy Solly, from the Nelson City Council, became our first mentor from the Council to start mentoring with a young person at Auckland Point School. Congratulations Kathy!

Big Brothers Big Sisters Skating Event 17 August 2010 A fun filled night with 30+ mentors and their young people skating, painting, eating and having fun at the Tahuna Skating Rink. A great night out for everyone!

And this term we are starting a relationship with Birchwood Primary School and hope to have mentors working with young people from there in 2011


27th Lions - Southpine Charity Golf Tournament This year Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nelson is the lucky beneficiary of this Charity Golf Tournament. The tournament with be played over two days: Saturday 27 November - Greenacres Golf Course And Sunday 28 November - Nelson Golf Course Currently the organising committee are looking for individuals and businesses to sponsor a hole at $200 (+GST). This will entitle you to the following benefits: 1. Two free entries to the tournament 2.

The right to advertise your products on an area adjacent to a tee or a fairway

3. Acknowledgments will be made: • In the Clubhouse • In the programme • In the local newspaper If you are able to sponsor a hole please call Geoff Chilton 03 5474446 or email: If you can not sponsor a hole you can volunteer to help on the day or play a couple of rounds of golf to support Lions and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nelson – just $45 to play both rounds. Just let us know!

Become a Mentor Today! You don’t have to change your life ... to change theirs. Being YOU is the only skill you need. It’s fun! Being a “Big Brother” or “Big Sister” is one of the most rewarding and enjoyable things you will ever do. It’s simple too. Together you can share the kinds of activities you already like to do: Kicking a ball - Playing games - Kite flying – Fish n’ Chips at the beach. Just one activity a week can change a young person’s life. Volunteer to become a mentor today. Please contact Big Brothers Big Sisters on ph. (03) 545-9864 or e-mail or go to

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On behalf of the Board of Trustees and Staff of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nelson we would like to acknowledge and thank the following individuals, organisations and businesses for supporting the “bid for this kid” Charity Auction at the Ernest Rutherford Retirement Village, 1 September 2010. We could not have done it without you - THANK YOU! Air New Zealand mi Gym Alison Nicholls Millers Landscaping Aloha Lodge Moana du Feu Altrusa International Myffie James Aromaflex Nelson College for Girls ASB Bank Nelson Police Barry Brown Nelson Rotary Club Bays Brewery Neudorf Vineyards Body Shop New Zealand Football Briscoes New Zealand Rugby Football Union Carpet Court Ngai Tahu Tourism CB Marketing Norris Management Services Chris Gladstone Page & Blackmore Dale Grover Peter Crins Debby Verdonk Peter Dawson – Marine Lawyer Diamond Nails PlaceMakers Diana Patterson and Rita Turner Powerstore Diperris Café Prices Pharmacy Dolphin Watch and Nature Encounters Prime Minister John Key Dry Crust Communication Puddles Window Cleaning Enriching Wellness Day Spa Punakaiki Resort Ernest Rutherford Retirement Village Radioworks Firooz Zadeh Rebecca Colley and Sandra Frank Wells Redwood Cellars Full House Interior Design Reni Gargiulo Glen Roberts Electrical Riverside Picture Framers Goldpine Ross Newman Grant O’Fee Ross Taylor Hanafins Smiths City Harvey Norman Sounds Air Heart Children State Cinema House of Gifts Sterling Images Hunter Furniture – Daryl Bonis Sue Bateup Ian Grant Tanya McMurtrie Ian Langridge The Black Cab Company Jane Evans The Honest Lawyer Jeff Rackly and Haven Realty The Indian Café Jude Spencer and Sarah The Leader Judi Billens The Palms Motels Kahurangi Estate Trailways Hotel Ken King Trevor Clark Kimi Ora Spa Resort Trevor James Konica Minolta Uncle Zitos KSI Karate Vibrant Earth Kudos Food Design Victory Pharmacy Lambrettas Village Lake Apartments Hanmer Springs Liquor King Westmeats Lonestar Restaurant Westpac Bank Lori Davis Wild Tomato Lush Wilsons Abel Tasman Maria Briggs World of WearableArt Ltd Marty Grant Zumo With your support we can make a difference in our community…one child at a time. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nelson Community Newsletter - kindly printed by

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Carving,playing ball,friendship For 72-year-old Frank Wells, mentoring a 12yearold boy is like having another grandson around.He and Tipene make things like the sparrow-sized bird box attached to the side of Frank’s garage or the planter box by the steps to the house. They go out and play sport; “anything with a ball,” says Frank and Tipene grins in agreement. They might wander by the river to pick up stones and have a swim in the warmer weather. But the best thing of all, says Tipene, is the carving. He has helped Frank make pendants from pounamu and pakohe (jade and argillite) and is currently carving a taiaha from recycled rimu. Together Tipene and Frank attended classes at the marae on the use of the taiaha and Tipene is learning marae protocol at the same time. Tipene tries out a Samoan cricket bat while Frank holds a taiaha. Frank’s garage is his workshop and here are several projects that are finished or under way. A row of Samoan cricket bats lie along one wall and Tipene was happy to show how they are used. “No matter where we have been,” says Frank, “we always come back here for a feed.” Tipene is even learning to cook – he can do eggs and noodles and is learning more. Frank and Tipene have been matched for three years and obviously enjoy each other’s company. Tipene is Frank’s second “little brother” since he joined Big Brothers, Big Sisters. To find out how you could be a Big Brother or a Big Sister, call Gavin on 545 9864 or email


Russell and Phoenix Russell and Phoenix got creative during a recent meeting and made a scarecrow together – what a fantastic way to spend sometime. The Scarecrow is affectionately called “Gavin”. Just one activity a week can change a young person’s life. Volunteer to become a mentor today.

School Based Teen Mentors Year 11 students from Nayland College, Nelson College for Girls and Waimea College are currently volunteering to become School based Teen mentors in 2011 for young people in the surrounding primary schools. We hope to have at least 10 new mentors from each of these Colleges ready to begin a mentoring role at the beginning of the 2011 academic year. Currently we have Teen Mentors at Nelson Central, Hampden Street, Nelson Intermediate, Victory Primary, Nayland Primary, Richmond Primary, Henley Primary and Waimea Intermediate. We hope to include Birchwood Primary School in 2011.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nelson would like to thank the following organisations, groups and individuals for their continued support and sponsorship:


* DryCrust Communications

* Rotary Club of Nelson

* Rutherford Rotary Club

* Whakatu Rotary Club

* The Leader

* Peter Noonan Memorial Golf Tournament * Lifeline Goodwill Store * Our Individual Personal Sponsors

* Konica Minolta

* 93 MoreFM

* FreshChoice

Thank you for helping to make a difference to the young people in our Community

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If you are able to support us in anyway please make contact with us - With your support we can make a difference for the young people in our community! Please tear off this page and return it to: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nelson c/o the Nelson Police Station Private Bag 39 Nelson 7042 My/Our Name:


My/Our Organisation (if applicable):


My/Our Contact number:


I/We wish to become a Mentor I/We wish to make a Monetary Donation* $_________________________ I/We wish to donate merchandise. We would like to donate____________________ I/We wish to become a Board Member I/We wish to help out by doing other volunteer work such as: office work, participating in fundraising events…etc. Other (please specify)____________________________________________________ Please contact us to discuss the possibilities. We look forward to working with you in the future. * Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nelson has been registered by the Charities Commission as a charitable entity – Charities Act 2005 registration # CC30342. All donations over $5 are eligible for a tax rebate and from the 1st April 2008 the limit was removed for maximum refunds. All charitable gifts up to the amount of your taxable income now qualify for a tax credit of 33⅓% of the amount of the gift.

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BBBS Nelson October newsletter 2010  

BBBS Nelson October newsletter 2010