Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

Thousands raised for struggling parents

Thousands raised for struggling parents

Parents struggling with back to school costs have been given a boost of more than $60,000 by generous Warehouse Stationery customers.

This is the ninth year Warehouse Stationery has partnered with The Salvation Army to help families in dire material need by inviting customers at its 69 stores to add a donation to their purchase during three weeks in November and December to support the back-to-school appeal.

Warehouse Stationery customers donated $63,875 that will be converted into gift cards that The Salvation Army distributes to client families to help pay for school supplies.

This year, that will include support for families to cover the costs of ‘bring your own device’ requirements from schools through a combination of vouchers and no-interest loans to help families finance their learning device in a way that is affordable and sustainable.

The Salvation Army’s head of welfare services, Major Pam Waugh, says the vouchers are a hugely valuable support, easing the pressure on families facing the costs of uniforms, fees and stationery, especially so soon after the expenses of Christmas and holidays.

“It gives enormous relief for parents and it enables some of our most vulnerable young children. Not having the right stationery or uniform can hold up learning and can also be embarrassing and leave children socially isolated. Having the right gear for school is very important in giving them the best opportunity to start the year confident and fully equipped to learn along with their peers and classmates.”

For the second year running Henderson was the most generous community in the country, leading the way with the most donations just ahead of Warehouse Stationery customers in Hastings and Timaru.

Warehouse Stationery Chief Executive Officer Pejman Okhovat says the appeal is one of a number of community programmes Warehouse Stationery supports to help families and young people in need.

“We are delighted by the success of this latest campaign which confirms the generosity of New Zealanders to help others less fortunate than themselves,” he says.

Issued on the Authority of Commissioner Robert Donaldson (Territorial Commander)
The Salvation Army, New Zealand Fiji & Tonga Territory


ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Claims About The CPTPP

As a Tufts study usefully explained, some of the basic mechanisms of the original TPP (and the CCTPP is not radically different in this respect) would – in practice – contribute to income inequality, by further tilting the existing imbalance between those reliant on profit-taking as a source of income, and those reliant on wages...

Under the original TPP deal, the Tufts team estimated, 5,000 jobs would have been lost across New Zealand. More>>

 

Growing The Regions: Provincial Growth Fund Open For Business

The new $1 billion per annum Provincial Growth Fund has been officially launched in Gisborne today by Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones. ... More>>

ALSO:

22/2: Earthquake Memorial Service In Christchurch

"The theme of this year's service, 'Keeping their dreams alive" helps us look back at all that we've lost with a sense of hope and aspiration for the future,'' says the Mayor. "It also helps us to recall all those who came to our rescue and those who offered support at our time of need and what that meant to us." More>>

ALSO:

Submissions Closing: Mangroves Bill 'Designed To Bypass RMA'

Forest & Bird is releasing emails which show the Mangroves Management Bill is intended to completely override the safeguards of the Resource Management Act (RMA). More>>

ALSO:

EQC Shakeup: Chair Of Earthquake Commission Has Resigned

The Chair of the Earthquake Commission, Sir Maarten Wevers, has resigned following receipt of a letter from Minister Responsible for the Earthquake Commission, Dr Megan Woods expressing her displeasure with the performance of the Commission ... More>>

ALSO:

NZer Of the Year: Gender Pay Equity Activist, Kristine Bartlett – A Brilliant Choice

National Council of Women (NCWNZ) CEO and Gender Equal NZ Spokesperson, Dr Gill Greer says she’s delighted with news that equal pay champion, Kristine Bartlett, has been named New Zealander of the Year . More>>

ALSO:

Perceived Transparency: New Zealand #1 Least Corrupt Public Sector In The World

New Zealand's public sector is ranked the least corrupt in the world, according to Transparency International's 2017 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) released globally today. More>>

ALSO:

Reviews: Three-Year Work Programme For Education

The work programme includes the NCEA review, a review of Tomorrow’s Schools, developing a future-focused Education Workforce Strategy, a continuous focus on raising achievement for Māori and Pasifika learners, an action plan for learning support, an early learning strategic plan, a comprehensive review of school property. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages