Plun­ket par­ents’ ses­sions funded

Katikati Advertiser - - Your Community Voice - By CHRIS STEEL

Har­courts Streets Ahead Re­alty Ltd in Katikati has part­nered with Plun­ket, do­nat­ing more than $800 from the Har­courts Foun­da­tion to pro­vide four one­off ed­u­ca­tion ses­sions for par­ents of in­fants.

“We are de­lighted to have Har­courts Streets Ahead Re­alty sup­port our par­ent­ing ed­u­ca­tion,” said Deb­bie An­der­son, Plun­ket’s re­gional par­ent­ing ed­u­ca­tion co­or­di­na­tor.

The ses­sions will be run in Jan­uary, Fe­bru­ary, March and April.

The first ses­sion on Jan­uary 30 is on in­fancy CPR (car­diopul­monary re­sus­ci­ta­tion) and chok­ing and run by a cer­ti­fied trainer.

This will be hands-on for par­ents. Deb­bie said last year a mum had been at one of the groups and was in a park the next day and a child was chok­ing and she was able to help.

Any­one can come along to the Jan­uary 30 ses­sion.

The sec­ond group in Fe­bru­ary will be on in­tro­duc­ing first foods with the March/April ses­sions aimed at par­ents of tod­dlers and toi­let train­ing.

Har­courts Katikati prin­ci­pal John Gra­ham also pre­sented Katikati St John a grant for $1850 from the Har­courts Foun­da­tion. St John Area Sup­port Com­mit­tee chair­man Glenn Burt said the fund­ing pro­vided came at a very ap­pro­pri­ate time for St John Katikati.

“We have a num­ber of new vol­un­teer am­bu­lance of­fi­cers and the funds pro­vided us with an op­por­tu­nity to en­sure that fund­ing was avail­able for them to at­tend out of town train­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties, such as the Traumed con­fer­ence in Whanga¯ rei, and to as­sist them meet their on­go­ing lo­cal train­ing ob­jec­tives.

“There is al­ways a need for ad­di­tional fund­ing to both pro­vide spe­cial­ist equip­ment or to fund com­mu­nity health ini­tia­tives in this area. The sup­port of or­gan­i­sa­tions such as the Har­courts Foun­da­tion is cru­cial to en­able St John to meet its ob­jec­tives.”

The Har­courts Foun­da­tion was set up to en­able Har­courts agents and fran­chises to sup­port lo­cal non-profit com­mu­nity ac­tiv­i­ties that re­quire funds.

The funds are col­lected and ad­min­is­trated with no costs in­volved so all the do­na­tions are avail­able to go back into the com­mu­nity.

“We are ad­vised what has been con­trib­uted and then suitable ap­pli­cants can re­quest a grant which is put be­fore the board to ac­cept or de­cline,” said John.

Pay­ments to the foun­da­tion are made via Trans­ac­tional “Off the Top” — a dol­lar amount is do­nated each month by con­tribut­ing Har­courts of­fices.

This is an all-in ap­proach and ev­ery­one in the of­fice con­trib­utes. Pay­roll giv­ing — a por­tion of an in­di­vid­ual’s salary — is do­nated each pay cy­cle. This only ap­plies to salary staff. One­off do­na­tion — one-off amounts raised through auc­tions and fundrais­ing events.

Grants made to lo­cal groups to date in­clude Katikati Maori War­dens, Katikati Skatepark, Katikati Or­der of St John, Royal Plun­ket So­ci­ety, the Av­o­cado Food & Wine Fes­ti­val and Waipuna Hos­pice.

‘The sup­port of or­gan­i­sa­tions such as the Har­courts Foun­da­tion is cru­cial to en­able St John to meet ob­jec­tives.’ its

GLENN BURT

Har­courts Streets Ahead Re­alty prin­ci­pal John Gra­ham, right, with his team and mem­bers of Plun­ket.

John Gra­ham pre­sented Katikati St John a cheque for $1850 from the Har­courts Foun­da­tion.

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