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Deaf parents and children winging their way to conference

2 November 2012


Deaf parents and their children winging their way to a special conference


Jamieson King Family with David Hall & Steve Price signing aircraft.

• Jetstar awards $30,000 Flying Start Programme grant to Deaf Aotearoa

• 20 families can attend the NZ Deaf and Hearing Impaired Parents Conference and Children’s Camp free of charge

• Final round of 2012 Flying Start Programme grants open to all New Zealand community groups

A number of Kiwi families from around New Zealand with deaf or hearing impaired parents will be able to participate in a special conference in Christchurch next year, made possible by a $30,000 grant from the Jetstar Flying Start Programme.

The second annual NZ Deaf and Hearing Impaired Parents Conference and Children’s Camp in January 2013 will give parents from an additional 20 families the opportunity to share the challenges they face raising hearing children and learn from expert speakers and educators. Children who have deaf parents will also be able to meet other kids who have shared their experiences and make new friends.

Previously the conference was funded by each family’s personal fundraising to pay the conference fee and travel costs, which can be a difficult task in a competitive fundraising environment. The grant of $15,000 cash and $15,000 in flights from the Jetstar Flying Start Programme will enable Deaf Aotearoa to cover the majority of costs for the camp and fully fund the 20 extra families free of charge.

David Hall, Jetstar Australia and New Zealand CEO, said that the work done by Deaf Aotearoa highlights a side of living with a hearing impairment that is not often considered.

“In reviewing the submission and learning more about the event, we gained a real insight into the challenges these families encounter and the important role the conference plays in enabling them to get together to learn from each other,” said Mr Hall.

“Awarding the Jetstar Flying Start Programme grant to fund this conference and the extra attendees will help these families enormously.

“Our ultimate goal is to connect families by allowing them to travel more often for less. As part of the Flying Start Programme we are proud to be able to facilitate this by helping with travel and other costs to allow them to attend the NZ Deaf and Hearing Impaired Parents Conference.”

Deaf Aotearoa CEO Lachlan Keating says that without funding, attending the conference would simply not be possible for many families.

“The Deaf community tirelessly fundraised to get families to this conference,” Mr Keating said.

“We are thrilled to be able to support an additional 20 families to participate in the 2013 conference at no cost to them.

“The demand for gatherings like this by the Deaf community in New Zealand is growing all the time. All families who attend the conference and camp will contribute a great deal of wisdom and experience to the cause and in return will take away a wealth of information and new ideas.”

Jetstar Flying Start Programme judge and rugby league legend Steve Price is a father of three and says that he was inspired by the resilience of these families.

“I know first-hand that being a parent can be challenging at the best of times and this conference is just what these families need to tackle their own unique challenges. I can’t wait to meet the kids and their parents at the conference next year.”

Deaf Aotearoa’s $30,000 grant is the third awarded by the Jetstar Flying Start Programme this year. In total for 2012 the programme will award $120,000 in cash and travel support to New Zealand community groups. Previous recipients include Bellyful and Arthritis New Zealand. Applications for the fourth grant round close at 5.00pm (NZST) on 30 November 2012 and application details can be found at www.jetstar.com.

Media enquiries:

Phil Boeyen, Jetstar Communications Manager NZ, +64 27 340 3305

Bonnie Smail, Haystac PR, +64 22 6929 846

Photo Captions

On Tuesday 30 October in Christchurch Jetstar CEO Australia & NZ David Hall and Jetstar Flying Start Programme Judge Steve Price, met with the Jamieson King family and the NZ Deaf and Hearing Impaired Parents Conference and Children’s Camp Committee Coordinators. The Jamieson King family will be one of the families that attend and benefit from the camp in January 2013. Both Debra Jamieson and Michael King were born profoundly Deaf. Their children Jennifer Jamieson-Harvey (13) and Jack Jamieson-King (5) are both fully-hearing.

1. Jennifer Jamieson-Harvey (13), David Hall Jetstar CEO Australia & NZ, Jack Jamieson-King (5), Michael King, Debra Jamieson signing aircraft

2. David Hall Jetstar CEO Australia & NZ, Jennifer Jamieson-Harvey (13), Steve Price Jetstar Flying Start Programme Judge, Jack Jamieson-King (5) signing aircraft

3. Victoria Walters NZ Deaf and Hearing Impaired Parents Conference and Children’s Camp South Island Committee Coordinator, Michael King, Debra Jamieson, Steve Price Jetstar Flying Start Programme Judge, Jack Jamieson-King (5), Monica Leach NZ Deaf and Hearing Impaired Parents Conference and Children’s Camp North Island Committee Coordinator, David Hall Jetstar Australia & NZ CEO, signing camp

4. Michael King, David Hall Jetstar CEO Australia & NZ, Jennifer Jamieson-Harvey (13), Debra Jamieson, Steve Price Jetstar Flying Start Programme Judge, Jack Jamieson-King, signing aircraft

BACKGROUND INFORMATION – JETSTAR’S FLYING START GRANTS PROGRAMME

Grant Allocation

Each quarterly grant will be worth $30,000, comprising:

- $15,000 cash

- $15,000 worth of travel with Jetstar anywhere on the Jetstar network

- Promotion of their community group or organisation on Jetstar’s website and Facebook page

Who can apply

Entry is open to New Zealand based not-for-profit community groups and organisations of any size, who are seeking funding to help enhance the lives of people in their local community and can be classified into one of the following categories:

• Charity;

• Educational organisation;

• Health organisation;

• Sporting group or organisation; or

• Arts group or organisation.

The community group or organisation should have a specific project in mind for how the grant will be used to benefit their local community.

How grants are awarded

Entries are reviewed by a judging panel that includes:

• Jetstar Australia and New Zealand CEO David Hall

• Rugby league legend Steve Price

• Jetstar pilot Richard Falkner and Jetstar Passenger Services Manager Sharon Cocker

Grant recipients for 2012

Deaf Aotearoa’s $30,000 grant is the third awarded by the Jetstar Flying Start Programme this year, which will award a total of $120,000 to New Zealand community groups in 2012.

Bellyful, the Kiwi charity providing free, home cooked meals to new families, was the first recipient of a $30,000 grant from the Jetstar Flying Start Programme. The grant has been used to help fund the travel and costs associated with opening new branches around the country including its first ever Christchurch branch in August.

• The second 2012 recipient was Arthritis New Zealand. Its $30,000 grant will create a unique camp for Kiwi kids suffering from arthritis. To be held in Matamata in 2013, the camp will offer young sufferers a chance to meet, learn new skills and build their confidence.

When applications open and close

Applications for the fourth grant round close at 5.00pm (NZST) on 30 November 2012 and application details can be found at www.jetstar.com. The 2013 round of quarterly applications will be available for entry from 1 December 2012.

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