Many lifelong friendships have been formed over a cuppa and a bikkie, thanks to the many Whānau Āwhina Plunket parent groups across New Zealand. This August, Kiwis will have the chance to give back with the annual Dunk It For Plunket nationwide campaign.
When you get together for morning tea with friends, whanau, or the office, you’ll be raising funds to help Whānau Āwhina Plunket better deliver its eight health & wellness checks for families with 0-5 year olds. Getting things right in the first 1,000 days of a child’s life ensures better outcomes for our tamariki.
Dunk it for Plunket funds will go directly towards providing Plunket nurses with upgraded technology so they can better service families all over New Zealand. From desk monitors and headsets to laptops, this equipment is vital for frontline staff who update the electronic personal health records of Plunket babies after each visit.
Up until 2016, Plunket nurses recorded everything using pen and paper. Now the process is more efficient with mothers able to receive virtual breastfeeding support; consultations and undertake online learning. In 2020 when the Pandemic hit, Plunketline moved to laptops to continue delivering support, and Zoom sessions meant parents were able to keep up their regular consultations. It’s now time for this technology to be upgraded and Whānau Āwhina Plunket needs to raise over $500,000 to do this.
Whānau Āwhina Plunket parent groups are more than just getting together for a cuppa. They’re about supporting each other on the motherhood journey. Strong friendships grow very quickly within these groups as parents and children go through the same milestones together. It has been known for parent groups to remain strong for generations.
Those who sign up for Dunk it for Plunket will receive a free host kit full of Arnott’s biscuits; Bell Tea and Moccona Coffee for guests to enjoy, plus a special Whānau Āwhina Plunket mug and tea towel for the host. There are big boxes and small, so whether you’re hosting at home or the office, we’ve got you covered.
Go on, sign up here! https://www.raiseabundle.org.nz/event/dunk-it-for-plunket-2022/home