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High Kicks for Dame Silvia

High Kicks for Dame Silvia

Avoiding punches and dodging high kicks, Her Excellency The Governor-General of New Zealand, The Honourable Dame Silvia Cartwright, PCNZM, DBE launched Save the Children’s Annual Appeal today while visiting one of the charities NZ funded programmes.

As Patron of Save the Children New Zealand, Dame Silvia Cartwright visited one of SCNZ’s New Zealand funded programmes at YWCA giving young women self-defence training. The courses are for 12-18 year old girls from at risk communities who do not normally have access to self-defence courses.

The self-defence courses are run by fully qualified Positive Action tutors and aim to equip young women with the skills and confidence to defend themselves against attack. A wide range of physical, mental and verbal skills are taught during the session.

The YWCA is one of the first recipients of Save the Children New Zealand’s Small Grants Fund, which was set up this year to provide one-off small grants to local and national organisations working in the area of child rights.

The YWCA was selected to receive a grant because of its emphasis on youth development and the participation of young people in the design and delivery of its programmes.

Dame Silvia welcomed Save the Children’s Small Grants Fund, and urged New Zealanders to give generously during the organisation’s appeal week. “We need organisations such as Save the Children which make our society a better and safer place to live for our children.”

Save the Children’s Annual Appeal week is 15-21 October 2002 and is the 32nd Annual Appeal. Last year, more than 6,000 volunteers raised over $640,000 nationally. We’re aiming to better that this year. Save the Children New Zealand unique promise is that every dollar given to the Annual Appeal reaches children. Few New Zealand charities can make this promise.

Save the Children Annual Appeal Fact Sheet

Save the Children New Zealand’s Annual Appeal week is 15-21 October.

This is the organisation’s 32nd Annual Appeal. Save the Children has been operating in New Zealand for 55 years.

Last year, more than 6,000 volunteers got involved in our Annual Appeal, helping to raise over $640,000 nationally.

Save the Children New Zealand is aiming to raise $740,000 in this year’s Annual Appeal – the highest total to date.

Save the Children New Zealand guarantees that every dollar given to it’s Annual Appeal reaches children. Few New Zealand charities can make this promise.

Save the Children is a non-secular, non-political development agency that fights for children’s rights and delivers immediate and lasting improvements to children’s lives in New Zealand and around the world.

Save the Children New Zealand is part of the International Save the Children Alliance, comprising 29 member countries working in more than 100 countries globally.

You can donate to Save the Children New Zealand’s Annual Appeal by calling freephone 0800 167 168, sending your donation to Save the Children PO Box 6584 Wellington, or waiting for the collector to call. Alternatively, you can donate online at

Examples of Save the Children projects that benefit from Annual Appeal

In Kenya, we’re helping to teach women to build and maintain giant concrete water jars that gather and store up to 3000 litres of clean rain water. Before the jars, women and children spent many hours every day collecting water from the river – and girls often missed school. Worse still, water collected from the river was often contaminated with killer diseases like Cholera. This project has provided 1500 villagers with safe water.

Here in New Zealand we work in partnership with Women’s Refuge to help combat child abuse and violence. Every year, over 10,000 children stay at Women’s Refuges with their mothers. Many have witnessed or experienced abuse. Save the Children is funding a project worker who will train the Women’s Refuge volunteers on child abuse, ensuring that children get the specialist help that they need.

In Papua New Guinea Save the Children NZ supports a project that trains local women volunteers to provide health information and basic medical treatment to people in their village. In 2001, these volunteers treated over 57,000 women and children.

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