Plunket puts kids in the box seat
A local family was the first recipient of a free car seat last week thanks to The Warehouse sponsored Add a $1 car seat campaign. Running from November last year to the end of March, the campaign raised more than $45,000 at The Warehouse checkouts in Manawatu, Wanganui, Taranaki, Wairarapa and Kapiti Coast – enough to provide 300 needy families across these regions with car seats.
Plunket Manawatu Community Services Team Leader, Tanya Jain, says support from The Warehouse and its customers was outstanding and it seemed fitting to gift the first car seat during Road Safety Week.
‘‘To raise $45,000, of which every cent goes towards a new car seat, is absolutely phenomenal. The gifting of car seats will make a real impact towards child safety within these communities, and has the potential to save lives.’’
Families in need, Tanya says are being referred for the free car seats by Plunket, or an approved agency.
‘‘What’s more, we know these seats will be greatly appreciated by the families receiving them.’’
The first recipients were Ghazia Saba and Syed Faisal Abbas on behalf of their 15-month old son, Dayyan Abbas. Originally from Karachi in Pakistan, the family of five have been in Palmerston North for two years, arriving here via Dubai.
‘‘Part of our advocacy coordination is to provide one-on-one support for new people to the
‘‘To raise $45,000, of which every cent goes towards a new car seat, is absolutely phenomenal. ’’
– Tanya Jain
country,’’ Tanya explains. ‘‘For many, car seats are a whole new culture.’’
There is no requirement for car seats in Pakistan, and the Abbas family say that though car seats were a requirement in Dubai, it was not reinforced. Dayyan had outgrown his original capsule, and the family were donating that to Plunket so another young child could be accommodated.
Last year Plunket announced it was changing its car seat service and moving away from rentals and sales to focus on a broader home-based injury prevention plan, as most accidents and injuries happen around the home.
Car seat advocacy and education remains a vital component of the plan. Part of the advocacy is to make sure families understand the law, along with the correct fitting of the car seats.
Plunket continues to work locally in partnership with road safety coordinators and police. Plunket’s Advocacy and Education Coordinators will also have a presence in The Warehouse stores over the coming months to generate greater awareness about its ongoing commitment to car seat safety and installation following the phasing out period of Plunket’s rental and purchase options.
Road Safety Week: Ghazia Saba and Syed Faisal Abbas with their 15-month-old son, Dayyan Abbas, were presented with a car seat as part of Road Safety Week by representatives from Plunket and The Warehouse, From left; Connie Semenoff (The Warehouse), Helen Luke (Plunket Car Seat Education & Advocacy) Dayyan Abbas (15 months), and parents Syed Faisal Abbas and Ghazia Saba.