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February 2014 Community newsletter

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Information evening on being a mentor

Port Nelson Open Day Port Nelson, one of our sponsors, will be holding a public open day on March 9 and has generously offered to donate the proceeds from donations collected to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nelson. For more information visit We'll also be benefiting from Port Nelson's charity golf tournament later in the year.

Come and hear what it's like! Are you interested in mentoring a young person or know someone who might be interested? Then come along to this information evening to find out what it's like being a volunteer mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nelson. There will be an opportunity to hear mentors talk about their experiences, and chat with mentors and Big Brothers Big Sisters staff. Drinks and nibbles provided. Feel free to bring a friend and let others know about this event. Download a poster here. When: Wednesday February 26, 7pm Where: Community meeting room, Nick Smith's offices, corner of Quarantine and Waimea Rds, Nelson. View map here.

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Looking ahead to 2014

Vote for us at Z Rutherford in March We're delighted to have been chosen as a charity to benefit from Z's Good in the Hood fundraising initiative. We'll receive a share of funding - how much we receive depends on how many votes we get from customers at the Z Rutherford petrol station in Nelson during March. So support us by voting! You can also vote for us in an online token hunt. Find out more at Good in the Hood. Nelson Mail profiles spark interest Thanks to the Nelson Mail for creating and running a series of profiles on some of our mentors over summer. The profiles were very eye-catching and we received a lot of positive feedback about them. By all accounts they got people thinking about mentoring a young person, which was the aim. Breakfast BBQ a hit with young people

2014 is shaping up to be a great year for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nelson!

We have started the year well, with 115 young people matched or soon to be matched with mentors. Some of these young people will be mentored by senior school students through our School-based Teen Programme, which kicks off this term. However, we still have a waiting list of more than 50 children waiting for mentors, which shows a big need for our mentoring programme. So one of our aims this year is to look at how we can increase our funding to meet that need. With our current staffing levels we are close to capacity. I'm thrilled with the support we're receiving from individuals and organisations in our community and impressed with the number of people who are positive about the programme and willing to help in different ways. We're currently establishing a fundraising group, to organise our key fundraising events, so if this sounds like you or you know someone who might be interested, please get in touch. Hopefully summer will stay with us for a while now so we can enjoy the long days and light evenings – a great time to get out and about and connect with others! May 2014 be a wonderful year for all of us!

Ka Kite Rachel Rae There were a few drenched kids by the end of our BBQ breakfast in January, as the top photo shows. Thanks to Nelson firefighters for coming along and being such good sports! You can see more photos on our Facebook page and website.

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Upcoming events

Thanks to our sponsors and funders...

February 26: Information evening

A big thanks for the donations we've recently received:

See article on the front page. 7pm at the community meeting room, Nick Smith's offices, corner of Quarantine and Waimea Rds.

Rotary Club of Nelson - $1000 Soroptimist International Nelson - $250 RSA Women's Division - $40 Dawson & Associates - $200 Pelorus Trust - $500

March 9: Port Nelson open day Come along to Port Nelson’s open day to get an inside look at the port facilities and operations. Family-friendly event, entry by gold coin donation and the proceeds raised will go to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nelson as Port Nelson is a sponsor of ours. For more information visit Port Nelson’s website

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Silver supporters

March 15: Robertson's Trolley Derby An action-packed day of trolley-racing, featuring all sorts of weird, wonderful and speedy trolleys. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nelson is a chosen charity for this iconic Nelson event, so come along and enjoy the fun! We'll also be looking for volunteers to help sizzle sausages and sell programmes, so if you can help for a couple of hours please get in touch. The derby runs from 10am to 4pm in upper Collingwood St. For more information visit

Bronze supporters

For more information on events go to the events calendar on our website: events

Other supporters Harvey World Travel (Richmond) Rollos Locksmiths Edgewood Trust

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Feb 2014 community newsletter  

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nelson's community newsletter February 2014

Feb 2014 community newsletter  

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nelson's community newsletter February 2014