Maori and Pasifika students take part in life changing science and conservation project
We recently spoke to Partnership Through Collaboration (PTC) Trust who received $30,000 from Pub Charity Limited. PTC Trust received funding to help support their Indigenous Sparks science and technology initiative. This programme helps young Maori and Pasifika pursue the sciences by making it fun, practical and engaging. The Indigenous Sparks programme was offered to over 200 Maori and Pasifika students from across New Zealand. Through the programme students were able to take part in a number of exercises focused on conservation. Also a big part of the programme was teaching the students to present their findings through different media. The result of these exercises later went on to benefit the wider community through their presentations.Students testing water quality as part of the programme.
With growing ecological concerns in New Zealand, Pub Charity’s net proceeds committee felt this was a worthwhile project. Motivating youth to engage and be passionate about conservation was seen to be good for the whole country. Without funding from Pub Charity, PTC trust said in the interview that they couldn’t have run the programme. PTC could not stress enough how important the project was for both the students and the community.Wednesday 1st August
Improving youth mental health services in the north island
With Concern over the provision of mental health services to young people in the news recently Pub Charity was pleased to announce a grant of over $50,000 to Youthline Central North Island. Youthline Central North Island offer a range of services to Kiwi youth. The services they offer and that Pub Charity has helped to support include counselling, mentoring and mental health well-being workshops to Intermediate schools, colleges and places that youth work and play. They offer these services in towns big and small throughout the central north island such as Rangitikei, Manawatu, Horowhenua, Tararua and Palmerston North.
Some of Youthline Central north Island's youth workers
When speaking to Youthline manager Brian Devonshire he explained that the main goal they work towards as an organisation is to reduce the youth suicide rate. There is a great emphasis within the organisation on empowering youth and to equip them with the skills to deal with the issues they may be facing. Sadly according to Brian, Youthline Central North Island relies mostly on grants. In an interview he said “The likes of Pub Charity are very important to us, if it wasn’t for them it would be very difficult to carry on doing what we do”.Tuesday 10th July
The benefit of Pub Charity funding: Wellington Free Ambulance
While we end up funding a vast number of projects from around New Zealand it’s not often that we get to see the end result first hand however we were given a fantastic opportunity to do just that. Wellington Free Ambulance have been kind enough to send us a thank you letter outlining the things they have been able to achieve thanks to the new vehicle that Pub Charity Limited had helped to fund. Ambulance 426 as it came to be known has since helped over 3000 kiwis who have ended up in emergency situations. Including callouts from Kiwis suffering from chest pains, breathing problems or fainting.
So far during its service Ambulance 426 has traveled the equivalent length of New Zealand almost 47 times (74,435Km at last count). Helping to fund this ambulance has allowed Wellington Free ambulance to ensure that they are working with reliable equipment and that both their staff and their patients are as safe as possible on the road. providing the best level of care possible in an emergency situation.
Monday 11th June
Improved support to families suffering from Alzheimer’s thanks to Pub Charity
Life has just been made a little bit easier for friends and family of those suffering with Alzheimer’s disease in Northland. Pub Charity recently awarded a $10,000 grant to the Alzheimer’s Society Northland who received funding for community advisors. These community advisors will be offering the influential carer training programme which the organisation is highly praised for.
This training which recipients have described as ‘worth a million dollars’ involves training friends and family of people suffering from Alzheimer’s to better understand and deal with the difficulties that come with caring for that family member. The objective of this training is to ensure that those suffering from the disease are in the best possible environment for their needs.
Some of Alzheimer's Society Northland's community advisors
While Alzheimer’s Society Northland does receive some funding from the District Health Board however it is not nearly enough for them to operate a the level required of them by the Northland community with a client list that has almost doubled in the last 5 years.
For over a decade Pub Charity Limited has been helping to support Alzheimer’s Society Northland as well as giving funding to many other hospice and aged care organisations to assist in providing their vital support services to families in need throughout Pub Charity Limited’s history.