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News Launch of friends and supporters Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nelson is launching its friends and supporters programme on Tuesday June 18, with an informal event hosted by sponsor SBS Bank. The event will include drinks and nibbles, and our guest speaker is Andrew Flexman, the chief executive of the Tasman Rugby Union. If you'd like to find out more about the friends and supporters programme, or the launch, please email rachel.rae@bigbrothersbigsisters.org.nz Fundraising auction Our major annual fundraiser, the charity auction, is coming up on August 28, so add it to your social calendar. This year we're holding a quiz as well so it'll be a great night out. Groups of 6 will be able to book a table for the quiz and table costs range from $90 to $150 (drinks, nibbles and prizes provided). There will be free entry to the auction, which starts at 8.30pm. If you'd like to reserve a table for the quiz, or would like to help out at the auction as a volunteer, or would like to donate an item for the auction, please contact Rachel on rachel.rae@bigbrothersbigsisters.org.nz

Top: Mentors and young people explore the Spooners Tunnel on a recent walk organised by Big Brothers Big Sisters Nelson. The 1.4km tunnel is pitch dark but headlamps revealed cave weta, fungi and mementos from the tunnel’s past, such as railway sleepers. Below: Young people and mentors try their luck catching salmon at the recent Take a Kid Fishing day organised by one of our mentors, Richard Boyden.


Notes from Rachel

Introducing Janine,

It's hard to believe that we're now into autumn and creeping towards winter.

our new mentoring

The year is going by very quickly. I have now been here for 4 fabulous and very busy months! In that time we have had quite a lot of change, particularly staff-wise. After farewelling Maria and Barbara in March we have been very fortunate to be able to ‘borrow’ Rob from Nelson Police Youth Aid for a couple of months. He has been an outstanding support for us, as we were very short-staffed. I would like to acknowledge and thank him for all he has done to help us. Rob is still doing 1-2 days work for us until the end of June. Unfortunately, due to restructuring and cutbacks, we have lost funding for one position, but we are now actively seeking other sources of funding. I have been working hard on developing a new sponsorship and fundraising model and am ready to roll it out in Nelson! If you know of any organisations who may be interested in partnership opportunities with us, please contact me. We also welcome Janine Hannan to the team. Janine started with us at the beginning of May and has taken to her mentoring co-ordinator’s position like a duck to water! She will be a great asset to the team with her warm and welcoming approach. We are now advertising for a part-time mentoring co-ordinator, which will help bring us close to our normal staffing level. We appreciate the patience and understanding of those involved in our programme who have been affected by this. We have the launch of the Friends & Supporters of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nelson coming up on Tuesday 18 June. If you have not received your invitation yet and would like to come along please contact us. .

co-ordinator

Janine Hannan recently joined Big Brothers Big Sisters Nelson as our new mentoring co-ordinator. Janine previously worked as a social worker at Nelson Hospital, where she assisted patients and their families with the transition from hospital to the community. Prior to that, while training in social work, she worked for a number of organisations including Gateway Housing Trust, The Brain Injury Association, The Nelson Multi-ethnic Council, and Child, Youth and Family. Janine has two children and has also been involved with various community organisations as a volunteer, such as school committees and Lifeline. Janine says she's looking forward to meeting and getting to know mentors and has already gained a real understanding of the role that mentors play in young people's lives.

Remember also to put aside the 28 August for our Bid for this Kid Auction & Quiz Night. This is our annual big fundraiser and will be a fantastic night. We are going to include a quiz this year, which will provide even more fun and entertainment. Details will be released shortly. I hope to see many of you at our events and thank you for the interest and support in our programme. Rachel Rae Programme Director


Upcoming events Until June 30, Roman Machines at Nelson Provincial Museum A hands-on display of machines developed by the Romans for war, entertainment, and civil services. Open weekdays 10am to 5pm and weekends 10am to 4.30pm. Cost $15 adults, $8 children. For more information visit wwwnelsonmuseum.co.nz

July 7, community tree planting Tahunanui Beach Community planting organised by the Nelson City Council. Starts 10am by the Beach Cafe, sausage sizzle and refreshments for volunteers. For more information visit http://www.nelsoncitycouncil.co.nz/leisure/festivals -and-events/council-events/community-planting/ July 7: Children's Day

June 1: Founders Book Fair Browse for second-hand books, magazines, DVDs at the annual book fair at Founders Park. Runs June 19 from 10am to 4.30pm. Entry fee $2 per person. June 13: BBBS Nelson mentor team meeting Starts 7pm at the community meeting room, Nick Smith's office (corner of Waimea Rd and Quarantine Rd) June 14: Stargazing at Cawthron-Atkinson observatory Monthly stargazing evening for the public, organised by the Astronomy Section of the Nelson Science Society. Starts at 7.30pm at Clifton Terrace School, Atawhai. June 18: launch of BBBS Nelson friends and supporters Being held in conjunction with sponsor SBS Bank, this event will be both fun and informative. Guest speaker is Andrew Flexman, the chief executive of the Tasman Rugby Union and there will also be drinks and nibbles and spot prizes. Runs 5.307.30pm at the Orangerie Function Room, Grand Mercure Monaco Resort. June 19: Matariki Lantern Parade Celebration of Matariki, the Maori New Year. Runs from 3.40pm - 8pm at the Victory Community Centre and along the Railway Reserve. Hangi available, $2 per person.

A free event celebrating children, supported by the Nelson City Council. Activities include face painting, train, bouncy castle, crafts and games. Runs 10am to 2pm at Founders Park. July 11: BBBS Nelson mentor team meeting 7pm at the community meeting room, Nick Smith's office (corner of Waimea Rd and Quarantine Rd) July 12-14: Art Expo Nelson 2013 More than 1000 artworks under one roof. Runs 10am to 8pm Friday and Saturday and 10am to 4pm Sunday. Entry fee $5 adults, children under 15 free. For more information visit www.artexponelson.co.nz July 19: Stargazing at Cawthron-Atkinson observatory Monthly stargazing evening for the public, organised by the Astronomy Section of the Nelson Science Society. Starts at 7.30pm at Clifton Terrace School, Atawhai. July 19-21: Light Nelson A new event featuring illuminated arts works and performances at Queens Gardens and Albion Square, Nelson. Free entry. For more information visit www.lightnelson.org.nz


Upcoming events continued

Thanks to our sponsors...

July 20-21: Dollhouse Miniatures Show

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

Exhibition hosted by the Nelson Miniatures Club. 10am-4pm at the Stoke Memorial Hall. Entry fee $6 adults, $2 children. July 21: community planting, Oyster Island Community planting organised by Nelson City Council. 10-11am boat ride from Monaco boat

SBS Bank - $1000 for winning monthly draw Foodstuffs - up to $700 for a data projector Hope Community Church - $500 from quiz night Edgewood Trust - $1400 from firewood sales

ramp. Noon to 2pm boat returns to Monaco. July 22: community planting, Emano Reserve Community planting organised by the Nelson City Council. Starts 10am top of Emano Street.

We'd also like to acknowledge all our sponsors... Platinum supporters

July 31: Roller skating, BBBS Nelson The annual rollerskating event for young people and mentors. More details will be emailed to mentors closer to the date.

Silver supporters

August 5: planting, Orphanage Stream Community planting organised by the Nelson City Council. Starts 10am, access from Elm Street, under Whakatu Drive to planting site. August 8: BBBS Nelson mentor meeting 7pm at the community meeting room, Nick Smith's

Bronze supporters

office. August 16: stargazing, Cawthron-Atkinson observatory Monthly stargazing evening for the public. Starts 7.30pm at Clifton Terrace School, Atawhai.

Other supporters August 28: BBBS Nelson fundraising auction and quiz night Major annual fundraiser. Groups of 6 people can book a table for the quiz, for $90 to $150 a table (drinks, nibbles and prizes provided) The quiz kicks off at 7pm and the auction at 8.30pm. Entry to the auction is free. To find out more emailrachel.rae@bigbrothersbigsisters.org.nz More information on events on our website.

Tasman Makos More FM CB Marketing Nelson Host Lions Konica Minolta Nelson Trolley Club Fresh Choice Sealord Rutherford Rotary Rotary Club of Club Whakatu The Signman Lifeline Store Hirequip Nelson Trents The Leader Edgeware Trust Nelson Marlborough Subfaculty of GPs


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