We feel very privileged to be able to support a small number of wonderful charitable organisations that make noticeable differences in the lives of NZers.
MOBILITY DOGS ASSISTANCE TRUST
The Mobility Assistance Dogs Trust train service dogs to assist people with physical disabilities. The first assistance dog graduated at the end of 2005 and we started our support in 2008. It takes approx 18 months to train a dog for placement.
GRAEME DINGLE FOUNDATION
The Graeme Dingle Foundation was founded by Graeme Dingle and Jo-anne Wilkinson in 1995 as the Project K Trust and it was later called the Foundation for Youth Development. Graeme’s friend and climbing companion Sir Edmund Hillary served as one of the first Trustees. They wanted to take a practical step forward to address high levels of negative youth statistics in New Zealand.
The Foundation has grown into a leader in the field of child and youth development and now runs several, proven programmes that lift the skills, self-confidence, motivation and achievements of young New Zealanders aged 5 – 18 years.
The Foundation’s programmes help young people discover possibility – creating a youth population with a positive outlook and eyes open to the future.
As Sir Ed once said, “it’s all about the kids.”
AUCKLAND HELICOPTER RESCUE TRUST
We hope we never need their services, but for those that do it literally can be a lifesaver. The Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust have been operating for over 40 years performing medical, accident and search and rescue missions.
For more information you can see their website.
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