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Community Newsletter Private Bag 39, Nelson 7042 Phone: 545 9864 Issue No. 11

November 2012

In appreciation of your contribution to the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nelson Mentoring Programme We would be thrilled if you and your partner could attend our:

Gavin steps down as director

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After three years at the helm of Big Brothers Big Volunteer Recognition Sisters of Nelson, Gavin Millar has stepped down as director to take up a new job. Evening He has returned to the education sector, as

student director at Nayland College. On: Monday 5 December international 2011 Big Brothers Big Sisters Nelson board chairman, Time: 7pm – 9pm In this issue: Ross Newman, says the board is sorry to lose At: The Boathouse RSVP to 545 9864 or by Friday 2 December Gavin, who has made a significant contribution to the organisation and its .nz/local/nelson/gallery Upcoming events, youth As a valued Sistersmentoring of Nelsonprogramme. we would love you to come and celebrate this special p2 part of Big Brothers BigUnder Gavin’s stewardship Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nelson has grown occasion with us!  Buddies bond in the dramatically, with the number of young people matched with mentors From the team at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nelson increasing more than 25 percent in each of the last two years, he says. outdoors, p3 Gavin Millar, Rebecca Colley, Maria Briggs andbeen Barbara ``This has madeLloyd possible by Gavin leading a concerted profile-raising  Auction supporters effort, very successful fundraising, and an active focus on recruitment, thanked, p4 training and support of mentors.’’ Gavin will continue to be involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nelson as a mentor. He will also continue to work with the board in a voluntary NB: If you’d prefer to capacity over the next couple of months, assisting with some projects. receive this newsletter by Gavin will be formally farewelled at the Volunteer Recognition Evening email, contact us at being held by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nelson on December 3. The recruitment of a new director is currently under way and it is expected that an appointment will be finalised by the end of the year.

Special celebration to thank all mentors and supporters All our mentors, sponsors and supporters are invited to a special function to acknowledge their vital contribution to our mentoring programme on Monday December 3. The Volunteer Recognition Evening is held each year to thank current and former mentors and the many other supporters we have. The event will include drinks, nibbles and dessert and guest speakers include Nelson Mayor Aldo Miccio and Tasman Police District Commander Richard Chambers. We’d love as many people to come as possible, so mark it in your diaries and please RSVP if you’re coming. Partners are welcome. When: Monday December 3, 2012 Time: 7-9pm Where: The Boathouse RSVP: to or ph 545-9864 by Friday November 30.

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SBS Bank renews sponsorship SBS Bank recently confirmed it will continue to support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nelson, by being a silver sponsor. SBS Bank Nelson branch manager, Cam Haring, said the bank had a proud tradition of supporting community organisations and was looking forward to extending its relationship with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nelson over the coming years. “We believe this programme benefits young people throughout the Nelson/Tasman region and throughout New Zealand generally, by helping them achieve their full potential,” he said. ``We saw the opportunity to help Big Brothers Big Sisters make a positive difference in the future lives of many of our youngsters.” Gavin Millar, the outgoing director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nelson, said the organisation was hugely appreciative of the investment SBS Bank was making to its youth mentoring programme.

Upcoming events November 2012

December 2012

Wednesday 14

Monday 3

Swim and BBQ, Wakefield School Pool, 5.30-7.30pm

Volunteer Recognition Evening, The Boathouse, 7-9pm

January 2013

February 2013

Xmas closure

The Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nelson office will be closed from December 25 to January 3.

March 2013

Late January – date tbc

Saturday 23 & Sunday 24

Saturday March 16

Breakfast BBQ at Tahunanui Beach,

Annual camp, Mistletoe Bay, Marlborough Sounds

Collingwood Street Trolley Derby, Nelson.

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This story, about one of our mentors and his ``little brother’’ appeared recently in The Leader.

Buddies share outdoor adventures Nelson man Allen Knott has found an ideal buddy to share the great outdoors with – a nine-year-old boy with energy to burn and a willingness to give anything a go. Allen recently became a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nelson and was matched with Mackenzie because they have similar interests. So far the pair have been fishing and bush-walking together and they have plans for lots more adventures. Allen, who is a father of four, says he decided to volunteer to be a mentor because he felt he had something to offer and had time and energy to spare because his children were now grown up. He enjoys spending an hour or two every week with Mackenzie and finds his enthusiasm for the outdoors infectious.

On one occasion, when they went fishing on Allen’s boat, Mackenzie was so thrilled he had a big grin on his face the whole time, he says. ``It was great. I’m a keen fisherman, so this gives me a good excuse to take the boat out more.’’ The pair have also been hiking in the Brook Sanctuary and they plan to do some bike riding and build a trolley together. Allen says he’s looking forward to building a great friendship with Mackenzie, which he hopes will last many years. Allen is one of about 140 mentors involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nelson, each of whom are matched with a young person aged 7 to 17.

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Director Gavin Millar says the role of the mentors is simple – to spend time with their young person doing things they both enjoy – but they can have a significant impact on their young person’s life. Results include better self-esteem and confidence and personal growth through new experiences. He says there is an ongoing need for mentors, particularly for male mentors, since there are currently about 20 boys waiting to be matched with mentors.

To find out more about becoming a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nelson call 545-9864, visit or email

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THANK YOU! We’d like to thank the following individuals, organisations and businesses for supporting our “bid for this kid” Charity Auction on 29 August. We managed to raise approximately $14,000, thanks to your generosity. We could not have done it without you - THANK YOU! Aqua Vitae Luxury Charters ASB Aquatic Centre Averil Moore Barbara Doig Baydon McGuckin Bob English Breanna Dempster Bridget Fahy Broccoli Row Burkhart Seafoods Cap-it-all Promotions Carl Horn Charles Shaw Chocolate Velvet Chris Gladstone City Fitness Curves Gym Damian Richards Debbie Edwards Diana Patterson and Rita Turner D'Urville Island Wilderness Resort Ernest Rutherford Retirement Village Everyman Records Evolve Fitness Solutions Frank Wells Graeme Robertson Guytons Fisheries Hanafins Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa Harry Loose Harvey Norman Helicopter NZ Hoglunds Art Glass Hon. Dr Nick Smith Hon. Maryan Street Hunter Furniture Hurst and Taylor Chemist Ian Langridge


Interislander ITM Fishing Show James Scanlon Janice English Jays Fashion Jean Wells Jeff Rackley Jewel Beetle John Sowman K Kugner Karen and Marty Clark Karen Green Karin Clyne Karizma Clothing Kirsten Bromley Konica Minolta Korkers Lambretta's Cafe Lisa and Dean Hawkins Lorraine Baldwin Lush Lyn Hamilton Maria Briggs Maria Middlebrook-Wells Marilyn Andrews Marlborough Sounds Wildlife and Nature Centre Martin de Ruyter Maureen Batt Mike Fraser Myffie James Nelmac Nelson Giants Nelson Hydroslide Nelson Orthodontics Nelson Bays Police Nova Kearney Olivia Parkinson Page and Blackmore booksellers

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Peg Piper Peter Stewart Prime Minister John Key Rainbow's End Reni Gargiulo Rose Linde Ross Newman Sari Hodgson Sheree Phyn Sophisticutz Spotless Stables Restaurant and Tavern State Cinemas Sue Bateup Sue Lindsay Talleys Tanya McMurtrie Tasman District Police Tasman Visual Arts Group The Boatshed Cafe The Leader The Rotary Club of Nelson Tohu Wine Topz Shoe Repairs Trailways Trents Trevor Clark Trinder Engineering Uncle Zito United Video Verdict Restaurant and Ale House Vibrant Earth Vivienne Currie Wild South

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

Platinum Supporters

Gold Supporters

Silver Supporters

Nelson Bays Suzuki

Rotary Club of Nelson

Bronze Supporters

Other Supporters Tasman Makos Nelson Host Lions CB Marketing Fresh Choice Konica Minolta The Signman Rutherford Rotary Club 92.8 More FM Rotary Club of Whakatu Lifeline Goodwill Store The Nelson Marlborough Subfaculty of General Practitioners

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Nelson Trolley Club Sealord Hirequip Nelson The Leader Trents

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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 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 become a sponsor of the programme.

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. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nelson Community Newsletter - kindly printed by

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nelson Newsletter November 2012  

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nelson Newsletter November 2012