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July 2015 Commun ity newslett er

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News & Events Motueka Quiz Night & Charity Auction The Winning table

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nelson Aims to provide a mentor for any young person who needs one between the ages of 6 and 18, from Hira to Motueka. Is the world′s largest mentoring programme. Is New Zealand’s largest mentoring programme.

What a great night everyone had at our Quiz and Charity Auction evening. Our very 1st fundraiser in Motueka! Thank

Is about providing support to a young person who needs a friend and is willing and able to support that young person through a friendship based relationship on a regular basis. Helps children reach their potential in leadership, education and employment

you so much to all who attended, had heaps of fun and supported Big Brothers Big Sisters at the same time. We raised over $6600, which will allow us to make another 4 matches in Motueka!

through professionally supported, one-to-one relationships with mentors.

If you or someone you know is interested in Mentoring, drop us an email

Good in the Hood

Winter is really here!

A huge thank you to everyone who voted for Big Brothers Big Sisters during May at Z Rutherford, we raised $1000 being one of the four local charity groups supported through the "Good in the Hood" fundraiser.


Hopefest, annual charity quiz night. This is a conventional quiz night turned around with the first five teams giving their prize money away to charities instead of keeping it themselves. This years winners gave $1000 in prize money to the following charities; Nelson Tasman Hospice, Nelson-Marlborough Rescue Helicopter, St John, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nelson and Red Cross Refugee Services thank you Hopefest.

It is very challenging to get up and about on these cold and frosty mornings, however we are well-rewarded when they are followed by a gorgeous sunny winter day here in the Top of the South. With the winter school holidays about to begin, it is timely to think about all of the wonderful opportunities in our region to get out and enjoy a winter experience. We are so fortunate in having a ski field so close by and opportunities to get out into a bit of snow, experience frozen ice ponds and take part in local winter events. None of this is a big deal – we live here amongst it but for many of the children in our programme it actually is. It is their mentor who takes them out and shares these simple experiences with them. We have just had the National Volunteer Week. On behalf of our families, children and young people we thank our wonderful volunteers, each and every one of you for the difference you make in the lives of others. We also thank all of our marvellous sponsors, donators and supporters because without you this programme would not be happening. We are our community! It was with sadness and big thanks that we farewelled our longtime Senior Practice Leader and Mentoring Coordinator, Rebecca

start something Volunteer Advocate Donate

Entertainment book fundraiser

Colley in May. She had been with us for over 9 years and instrumental in starting up the School-Based Teen Mentoring Programme. We wish her every success in her new position. We welcome Jacquie Leabeater who has recently joined us as our new Mentoring Coordinator. She is very well-experienced in this role and has taken to it like a duck to water! She will be a wonderful asset to our programme and is already enjoying this exciting role!

We're offering all our supporters the opportunity to get discounts and special offers at various restaurants, accommodation and entertainment venues and help us raise funds at the same

One of our ‘Littlies’ was matched for the first time this week and when asked who his friends’ were he looked at his new ‘Big Brother’ and said ‘You are.’ He’s already making a difference.

time. We're selling 2015/2016 Entertainment ™ Memberships - you can

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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

Programme Director rachel.saunders@bigbrothersbigsisters.o

until mid 2016. You can pre-book you membership now by contacting nelson@bigbrothersbigsisters.o

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 longterm basis, which we're thrilled about. To order firewood contact Ray Hill from June

New initiative lets investors share their shares with charity - Stuff NZ April 16, 2015

onwards on ph 03 545-1512 or 021-1417858.

Match statistics Number of young people currently matched: 136 Number of boys on our waiting list: 26 Number of girls on our waiting list: 20

Keith Adams, Euan McIntosh, Dave Schaper and Celica Dasler of Forsyth Barr, Nelson will be helping Rachel Saunders, centre of Big Brothers Big Sisters with a new fundraising programme involving people donating small parcels of shares that Forsyth Barr will sell for no commission and donate the money to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nelson.

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

Cornerstone Sponsors

Welcome - Jackquie Leabeater Mentoring Co-ordinator

Jacquie Leabeater a former teacher of Tahunanui Primary School has returned to Nelson after 30 years in Sydney. While working there, she embarked on a career in child and family welfare services, firstly as a practitioner, then in a number of senior management roles for ‘not for profit organisations’ providing early intervention and child protection services. Amongst the varied roles she undertook, she developed and implemented one of the first three volunteer home visiting programs in NSW for vulnerable families. This was evaluated by the University of Western Sydney and won several government awards. She understands and appreciates the significant difference

volunteers can make to children, young people and their whanau. Jacquie is thrilled to be part of the BBBS team and being able to help make a difference in the lives of children and families here in our local community.


Pictures from our recent events Sport Fishing for Youth

Children are given an hour fishing with the guidance of an experienced angler and are shown some basic casting tuition, what to do when a fish is hooked and points on cleaning and looking after the fish once it is caught are covered. The spring season at the Fishing Ponds will open in October /November 2015. Thank you Sport Fishing for Youth Charitable Trust, for offering this wonderful experience to our Mentees, and Mentors, Great fun!

New Match Sponsors The Sports fish for youth Charitable Trust

Stevens Orchard Lawyers 459 Main Road Stoke, Nelson

Fun with Clay pottery classes


Edgewood Trust

Thanks to Craft Potters Nelson Inc, 202 Ranzau Road, Hope, Nelson. The Craft Potters held two pottery classes and a glazing class for our Mentors and Mentees during May and June. Wonderful pottery artwork has been made, painted and glazed, it has been lots fun, and many techniques using clay have been learnt. Thanks to Tasman District Creative Communities NZ, for a project grant to fund these classes, this has been a fantastic opportunity for our young people to experience working with clay. Assaf Family Trust Benjamin Black Goldsmiths Di Pierri’s CafÊ Endeavour Financial Harvey World Travel Richmond Hirepool Individual Donors Leighs Holdings Motueka Lions Club Motueka Rotary Club Nelson Aviation College Nelson Heating and Cooling Nelson Trolley Club

funding for local arts

Network Tasman Trust Pelorus Trust Richards Woodhouse Chartered Accountants Rollos Rotary Club of Nelson Rutherford Rotary Club Sport Tasman Stevens Orchard Lawyers Summit Real Estate Motueka Tasman District Council Creative Communities NZ The Hits 89.6 The Leader Community Newspapers 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.

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July 2015  

Community Newsletter

July 2015  

Community Newsletter