Plunket parents’ sessions funded
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.
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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.