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New President elected to Save the Children NZ

New President elected to Save the Children New Zealand
For release on 15 November 2009

Wellington – Arthur Davis from Lower Hutt, was elected President of Save the Children New Zealand at the organization’s 61st Annual General Meeting held in Wellington on Saturday.

An active member of the community, Davis will work closely with new Chief Executive Liz Gibbs and Board Chair and TelstraClear Chief Executive, Allan Freeth in driving the future direction of the organisation as it celebrates its 90th year.

“Ï'm committed to growing Save the Children for the ultimate benefit of children, both here and throughout the world”, says Davis, who has been a Save the Children volunteer for 43 years, initially as a sponsor of families.

The Annual General Meeting also discussed the long term strategy for Save the Children and set a plan for ambitious growth. With a renewed focus on accountability and integrity, the leadership team outlined how Save the Children would work together with Save the Children International.

“We’re pooling our resources and working collaboratively with Save the Children organisations across the world to coordinate our efforts and make the biggest impact,” says CEO Liz Gibbs.

One of the key streams of the new strategy includes the launch the Every One campaign which will change these horrendous statistics and make real improvements to children’s lives.

“Over five million children dying of preventable diseases each year globally – that’s almost one child every three seconds. We’re working to be a stronger voice for children and alleviate these needless deaths. It’s a challenging time,” says Gibbs.

Delegates at the Annual General Meeting saw the impact of Save the Children New Zealand’s work across the world including HIV and AIDs programmes and training initiatives in Kenya and Zimbabwe, education projects in China and reconstruction in Samoa following the September tsunami.

ENDS

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