Five worthy recipients have been chosen for this financial year beginning 1 April 2023 ending 31 March 2024. For more information on the chosen charities please refer below.
Big Buddy makes a positive difference to boys without a dad in their lives. We match volunteers, good guys from the community, with boys aged between 7 and 14. The Big Buddy relationship offers friendship, support and a good male role model. Big Buddies turn up, spend time with their Little Buddy and come back again and again, it's simple and it works. There are many reasons why a boy might not have his father in his life and this absence can strongly impact them. We stay focussed on the fact that boys develop resilience, build confidence and make better decisions when they have a positive male role model.
Thousands of babies are born with little more than a hospital gown to clothe them. Littlemore's vision is to ensure Tāmaki Makaurau whānau have the essentials they need to nurture their babies and keep them safe and warm.
Littlemore is the leading provider of 235,000 high quality, re-purposed, essential baby items per year to 5,500 families with newborns affected by hardship. Approx. $2.3m worth of donated items supported families, youth and teen parents in urgent need. These families also face severe issues every day, for example, poor housing, homelessness, poor parental/baby health, serious financial distress, domestic violence, relationship breakdown and no family support.
Refugees as Survivors New Zealand (RASNZ) is New Zealand’s leading mental health and wellbeing service for people from refugee backgrounds living in Aotearoa.
Every day, people around the world are forced to flee their homes, families and communities in order to protect their own lives and those of their loved ones. Traumatic events can impact refugees’ health and initial settlement in New Zealand. RASNZ works to address these issues by providing holistic mental health and wellbeing support throughout each person’s journey.
RASNZ work with some of the most vulnerable communities in our society. This year RASNZ is focussing on the mental health and wellbeing of young people from refugee backgrounds who face multiple disadvantages in Aotearoa. Families depend on the success of their young people to achieve in the education system and develop career pathways which will help lift families out of poverty and hardship. The name, Refugees as Survivors, acknowledges the resilience of people from refugee backgrounds and encourages a sense of empowerment.
Sweet Louise is the only charity in New Zealand dedicated to supporting Kiwis living with advanced, incurable breast cancer. Sweet Louise provides practical, emotional and social care and support to help people to live as well as possible, for as long as possible.
That’s care and support like:
Sweet Louise is funded entirely by the generosity of caring Kiwis.
Terra Nova is an environmental change not-for-profit based on wisdom, insight and science – establishing what the catalysts are for our future and how we can bring about that change. Set up in 2021 to respond to the urgent need for environmental action, the organisation implements a range of projects to ensure we put our earth first in everything we do so we can all thrive.
Our work includes:
- Helping people make everyday 'earth first' changes both at home and at work
- Restoring critical native ecosystems, both on land and in water
- Providing support and educational opportunities for young change-makers
- Implementing collective action for large-scale transformative change
- An environmental podcast 'Earth Talks' interviewing local and global experts
We also have an all-engaging eco festival, Te Ao Earth Week, to celebrate spring, raise awareness and invite individuals, businesses and communities to take 'earth first' action. We are based in Aotearoa New Zealand and share our work internationally, joining and inspiring effective action around the world.