Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

District-wide 'wear black' mufti day fundraiser

District-wide 'wear black' mufti day fundraiser for Wheels for Elias

A district-wide mufti day to fundraise for the Wheels for Elias campaign and to show support for the All Blacks at the Rugby World Cup will be held next week.

The Horowhenua Black Out Day is an initiative by Horowhenua District Council to raise funds to help a Levin family purchase a $90,000 disability-access modified vehicle.

Co-organiser Sue Hori Te Pa says everyone is encouraged to wear black on Friday 23 October and donate to the Wheels for Elias campaign, while also showing support for the All Blacks as they enter the finals stage of the Rugby World Cup.

Twelve-year-old Elias Ruruku-Hunt has severe disabilities requiring full-time care and special equipment. His 10-year-old wheelchair is due for replacement, thankfully to be funded by the Ministry of Health, Mrs Hori Te Pa says.

"However, a new wheelchair also requires a new vehicle which has the ability to lift Elias in his wheelchair inside. At the moment his mum has to lift him in and out of his car seat herself, which gets increasingly difficult as he grows."

Mrs Hori Te Pa says a disability-access modified vehicle is needed to transport Elias to and from school and his many hospital and other health appointments.

"But, like any 12-year-old boy, he also loves getting out and about along with his siblings who love him to bits. Elias deserves the freedom this would give him and help him enjoy life."

Mrs Hori Te Pa says the Ruruku-Hunt family has exhausted every possible funding option, as this vehicle purchases is not covered by ACC and there is no other Government support available.

"So, we're encouraging everyone to help out by taking part in the Horowhenua Black Out Day and donating, even if it's just a gold coin."

Council is running the fundraiser as part of its community engagement framework, with the aim to develop a programme similar to BNZ's 'Closed for Good' day. Mrs Hori Te Pa says it will see Council staff volunteering their time for community projects.

Council is organising other fundraisers for the Wheels for Elias campaign, include a car wash, garage sale, sausage sizzle, and raffle.

In addition to schools, workplaces, and other groups and organisations, individuals can also support the fundraiser by direct crediting donations to Wheels for Elias at www.givealittle.co.nz/cause/helpelias

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Dubious Wisdom Of Raising Interest Rates


During the last half of the 1990s, the first flickering signs of economic growth would cause then-Reserve Bank governor Don Brash to hike up interest rates and stamp them out. The fear back then was that if left unchecked, the embers of economic activity might cause the same inflationary fires to come roaring back to life that the West had experienced in the late 1970s. At the time, Brash would justify raising interest rates on the grounds that as RB governor, he always needed to be looking 18 months ahead, and judging where things might go by then, if he didn’t act now... More>>




 
 



Government: Historic Step Towards Smokefree Future

Bold new measures will be implemented, including banning the sale of cigarettes to future generations, as part of the Government’s plan to make New Zealand smokefree. Associate Minister of Health Dr Ayesha Verrall launched Auahi Kore Aotearoa Mahere Rautaki 2025, the Smokefree 2025 Action Plan at an event in Parliament this morning... More>>

ALSO:


Public Service Association: Data Shows Worrying Disparities
Eighty four percent of public servants are strongly motivated to stay working in the Public Service because their work contributes positively to society - and yet only 69 percent are satisfied with their job... More>>


Luxon: A New National For New Zealand
National Party Leader Christopher Luxon has today announced a new National for New Zealand – a fresh, energised alternative government ready to deliver for Kiwis in 2023... More>>


BusinessNZ: Refuses To Be Part Of Government’s FPA Scheme
BusinessNZ has confirmed it is refusing to be the Government’s nominated partner in implementing unlawful compulsory national pay agreements known as Fair Pay Agreements (FPAs)... More>>

ALSO:


CPAG: Govt Yet To Fully Implement A Single Key WEAG Recommendation Three Years On
None of the 42 key recommendations of the Welfare Expert Advisory Group (WEAG) have been fully implemented almost three years after the report release, with 22 minimally or partially implemented, new research by the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) has found... More>>

CPAG: Child Poverty Monitor 2021 Highlights Persistent Inequities In Rates Of Child Poverty
Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) welcomes the release of the Child Poverty Monitor today, which shows that prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, poverty reduction targets were largely on track for Pākehā children, however significant inequities remained for tamariki Māori, Pacific and disabled children... More>>

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels