12 Days of Christmas

4 February 2013

Dress for Success

Auckland Airport made 12 charities very happy just before Christmas when they distributed the $120,000 change donated by passengers passing through the airport over the year.

And the winners were:

Leadership New Zealand Trust: A not-for-profit incorporated charity, this trust was set up in 2003 by a collective of prominent New Zealand leaders in order to nurture and develop the next generation of leaders. The trust runs a leadership development programme as well as a number of events and resources. www.leadershipnz.co.nz

Lifewise: A community and social development organisation, Lifewise is building a new childhood facility in west Auckland that will focus on taking in children who are in foster homes. The $10,000 grant from Auckland Airport will help fund a new playground and play area at the centre. www.lifewise.org.nz


StarJam Charitable Trust: In its 10 years of existence, StarJam has helped around 1000 Kiwi young people – aged 6 to 25 – with disabilities discover new talents and conquer their fears through performance, dance and music. Their $10,000 will pay for 20 children to take part in two year-long workshops in 2013 – a dance programme in Manurewa and a drumming workshop in Epsom. www.starjam.org

Workbase Education Trust: Since it started in 1991, Workbase has provided literacy training programmes to more than 150 companies and 6000 individuals throughout New Zealand. The aim is ensure the country has a literate workforce, something that is essential for New Zealand’s economic, cultural and social success. www.workbase.org.nz

Allergy New Zealand: A national charity that provides the public with reliable information, education and support around allergies in children, Allergy New Zealand is using the grant to provide 50 low-decile schools in Auckland with special Allergy and Anaphylaxis education kits to help both students and teachers. www.allergy.org.nz


Assistance Dogs NZ: This charity raises puppies that will act not only as a companion, but also in some cases a lifesaver for dozens of New Zealanders with disabilities. Based in Te Awamutu, Assistance Dogs NZ is using its Auckland Airport grant to help raise and train nine pups that will eventually be paired with  children and adults with disabilities. www.assistancedogstrust.org.nz

Dress for Success Auckland: The New Zealand branch of the international not-for-profit organisation is based in Auckland and helps women heading back into the workforce who have nothing to wear to a job interview. The grant will go towards supporting 66 such women, by providing them with an outfit and accessories, including shoes and a handbag, to give them a boost in confidence. www.dressforsuccess.org/auckland

Queenstown Memorial Hall Trust: As part of a much-needed $3.1 million facelift to the beloved local community hall, the $10,000 grant from Auckland Airport will fund a high-tech new stage. The portable stage can be split or extended as needed and ensures schools, local groups and conferences can take place for many more years to come. www.qldc.govt.nz/memorial_hall_upgrade

The National Collective of Independent Women’s Refuges: Women and children in 42 women’s refuges around the country got a little something extra for Christmas thanks to Auckland Airport. Each centre received around $240 to spend on hampers, food parcels, presents, and for special Christmas-themed parties. www.womensrefuge.org.nz

Te Whanau O Waipareira Trust: This trust has been a one-stop shop for health, education, justice and social services since it opened in 1984 and it gives out 65 food parcels of rice, flour and tinned food to those who need it. The grant gives them a chance to start a community garden to supply fresh food – the older members will set it up and those receiving food parcels will look after it. www.waipareira.com

Mana Recovery Trust: This trust helps people with mental health disabilities to develop the necessary skills to work and live in the community – from reading and writing to how to prepare a CV. The grant will help fund a new initiative the trust is working on with the Papakura Lions Club where trainees will dismantle old eye glasses for recycling, a job that would help them develop fine motor and social skills. www.manarecovery.org.nz

Surf Life Saving Kariaotahi: A volunteer-run affiliate of Surf Life Saving Northern Region, this organisation provides surf rescue patrols at Kariaotahi Surf Beach 7km west of Waiuku on the west coast. The club provides volunteer rescue services on weekends and public holidays from Labour weekend through to the end of the Easter school holidays as well as a 24/7 callout service throughout the year. www.kariaotahi.org.nz