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The only event of it’s kind in Whangarei, the Tiaho Trust’s Ruakaka Surf Day ‘Surfs Up’ event, gives disabled youths and adults an opportunity to catch a wave in a fun, safe environment. In order to keep this event free for participants, the Tiaho Trust approached us for funding for this unique event that brings enabled and disabled people together to learn from each other. Through events such as these the Tiaho work to promote the disabled community as valued citizens who contribute, participate and add to the diversity of New Zealand society.
Tiaho Trust aims to significantly contribute to the New Zealand Disability Strategy’s vision of ‘A society that highly values the lives and continually enhances the full participation of disabled people’ by positioning themselves as the leading proactive disability led organisation in Tai Tokerau from which the community can obtain expert advice and support.
Urgently needing assistance in the lead-up to ‘kitten season’, the Whangarei SPCA approached us for funding for their Foster Kitten Packs. The funds are being used purchase the basic items needed for a kitten’s placement with foster families – before they return to the centre for adoption. Foster families volunteering to take animals into their care are the backbone of the SPCA’s ability to rehome so many abandoned, neglected, abused and orphaned animals. In addition to the hundreds of animals in SPCA centres across New Zealand, thousands more are being cared for in foster homes.
The SPCA helps protect over 40,000 animals in New Zealand every year. Animals who are sick, injured, abused or simply abandoned. Over 800 cats and kittens are adopted out of the Whangarei Centre each year, but unfortunately many of the animals that come into the Whangarei Centre need extra treatment, and/or socialisation before finding their forever home which places extra stress on funding.
Hatea Lions Club of Whangarei
The Whangarei Hatea Lions regularly donate their time to the successful ‘Summer Safe Carparks’ programme coordinated by Whangarei District Council under the City Safe umbrella and supported by the New Zealand Police, and a range of dedicated local community organisations. Since December 2010, carpark ambassadors have been looking after car parks near popular beaches and reserves throughout the busy summer period with the aim of preventing theft from vehicles parked at popular tourist spots to create a positive experience for carpark visitors, and has proven to be an invaluable contribution towards ensuring a safe district with no vehicle crime committed in those areas whilst the ambassadors were on duty.
As Summer Safe Carpark ambassadors, the Whangarei Hatea Lions Club volunteers not only ensure that public carparks are clean, and will report on any vandalism, maintenance issues or suspicious behavior, but also offer assistance and advice – ensuring a positive experience for all visitors. Patrolling for hours in the hot summer conditions, the club wanted to ensure that their own volunteers were well protected from the sun – and we were only too happy to help with the funds needed for Cancer Society Approved hats for their volunteers who regularly roll up their sleeves to help the community.
Lions are ordinary men, women and young people from all walks of life who are united in their desire to make a difference by contributing their time and talents to help other people.
Northwave Swim Club
Committed to giving swimmers the opportunity to enjoy their sport and reach their goals, the Northwave Swim Club approached us to assist them with pool lane hire fees over the summer period. This support means their swimmers can train six days per week under the guidance of two experienced coaches as they train for a series of local and national events.
A well established club, with experienced coaches, their swimmers have proven that you don’t have to move to a big city to be competitive at a high level.
Forget Me Not Adult Day Centre (Northland Disabled Charitable Trust)
The Centre provides a day care service for adults of all ages including those who are young with disabilities, the elderly and frail, those with memory loss, head injuries and/ or other disabilities. With a focus on inclusion and engagement, The centre strive to provide quality care that enhances the welfare not only of the clients but also of the carers and families and provide a range of activities for their clients to enjoy – including running regular art classes. These classes encourage the development of fine motor skills, mental stimulation and a sense of achievement, and with so many wanting to develop their art skills we have provided additional art supplies to support this program.
Opuawhanga Tennis Inc
Opuawhanga Tennis Club is committed to providing a healthy and safe place for local families to exercise and meet and have been an integral part of the local community for over 80 years. They strive to make tennis accessible to all in their communities so rely on fundraising, donations and external funding to keep subs low. Their members have also worked hard on making grants stretch by volunteering their own time to reduce maintenance and labour costs. New nets were needed for their recently resurfaced tennis courts, and we were delighted to assist them with this.
Hukerenui School – Room 7 Quarry Arts Centre Excursion
When Jodie wanted to take her class on an artistic adventure and experience education outside of the classroom she approached We Can Help With That for funding. Knowing that the tools and equipment are not always available through school resources, that the course costs may be prohibitive for some parents, and being tactile sensitive herself she and her students put together a stunning proposal to attend The Quarry Arts Centre’s Art Discovers Program – a visual education program to inspire and educate the next generation of artists. We were happy to see these students had a wonderful experience and opportunity to experience art and, learning from them and sharing skills.
Raurimu Avenue School
The Raurimu Avenue School were seeking support for their Ohua ki Raurimu festival – an annual celebration of performing arts which involves invitational performance groups from Primary Schools within Whangarei. A small school of only 75 students, they proudly host this non-competitive event which celebrates schools, whanau and communities and the performing arts – whilst giving students the opportunity to shine. We Can Help With That provided funding for the equipment necessary to host and run this event.
Bike Northland provide cycle skills training to school children around Whangarei. Their program is delivered free to schools, and while they receive funding to deliver the course, this does not cover the associated equipment needed. By providing funding to their program, We Can Help With That wish to ensure that all students have access to the equipment they need to learn how to ride ina fun and safe way – and hope these skills will promote confidence and healthy active lifestyles.
Bream Bay Community Patrol
The Bream Bay Community Patrol approached us to provide a simple upgrade to vital safety equipment needed to control traffic at road accident scenes and provide safety for passing motorists which we purchased for them.
Coastguard Tutukaka operate from Bream head to Whangaruru and out beyond the Poor Knights Islands which is is a growing destination for recreational water activities and they are experiencing increased demand from personal recreational craft requiring their services. Their team of volunteers pride themselves on providing a professional service, and they were last year recognised as Coastguard Northland’s Unit of the Year. Their team were seeking a signage upgrade to provide higher visibility to water users and important emergency contact information – while acknowledging their employees, volunteers and other supporters who allow them to continue provide their core service, Saving Lives at Sea. Despite receiving some national funding, a considerable amount of local funding is still required for their operations.
Whangarei Steam & Model Railway Club
The Whangarei Steam & Model Railway Club operates at Heritage Park, Maunu. Incorporated in 1978 for the purpose of acquiring, preserving, and operating vintage steam and diesel trains for the education and enjoyment of club members and the general public, the railway operates monthly and on special occasions over its own 0.8 kilometer main track. Operated throughout its existence by volunteers, who ensure the safe operation and maintenance of the railway, about 5000 hours of voluntary labour per year goes into the operation and maintenance of the railway. While the railway has received funding for capital works projects they largely pay their way by charging the public for rides. Members are currently working to complete the restoration of their second 1924 tram – which involves the replacement of all woodwork and engine refurbishment. Needing tools to complete this work, as well as ongoing maintenance We Can Help With That has provided them funding for additional tools to ensure patrons will be able to enjoy and ride safely on restored heritage vehicles.
Whangarei Toy Library (Regent Community Trust)
Whangarei Community Toy Library provides an affordable toy lending service to Whangarei families. Over 200 families are active members with an average attendance of 25-30 families per day. The library makes it possible for every family to experience quality play though an up to date and extensive selection of toys and equipment. Wanting to ensure the safety of their staff, volunteers and patrons they approached We Can Help With That for funding to upgrade their signage and we were only too happy to help
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