Tasman Leader : August 1st 2013
6 THE TASMAN LEADER, AUGUST 1, 2013 NEWS Richmond Mall www.silvermoon.co.nz 5196406AL Present this voucher to receive a 10% discount on total purchases Valid until 14th Aug 2013 Discounts do not apply to online purchases or products already on special 151a High St, Motueka • Ph 03 528 0019 Kids pitch in for kids Kids who care: Pupils from St Peter Chanel School hand a range of items they collected and made to the co-ordinator of the Nelson-Tasman Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Trust, Paula Eggers. Kids helping kids in need was in action when pupils from St Peter Chanel School presented bags filled with toys, books, clothing and toiletries to Nelson-Tasman Grandparents Raising Grand- children Trust co-ordinator, Paula Eggers recently at the High Street school. The visit was a follow-up to the Purple Cake Day celebra- tions the senior students had organised earlier in the year to assist children in need in the local area. The pupils -- who are all youth members of the Society of St Vincent de Paul -- ran a popcorn and movie lunch as part of the appeal, with children bringing useful gifts along as a novel entrance fee. They then created bags to put the donations in, and also made baby blankets. Paula has had many years of experience raising a few of her own grandchildren as well as a number of foster children and is aware of the need that many grandparents face when put in the situation of having to care for an additional member of their family. Often children can arrive with very little or no belongings at all, she told the children, and grandparents were then faced with having to supply these items. Although many of the items the students donated are things we can take for granted, they make a huge difference in these situations where grandparents are often on meagre incomes, having retired from work, she said. The GRG Trust was recogn- ised nationally for its work when the organisation won the 2013 Mitre 10 Community of the Year Award. Through holding regular sup- port meetings and offering other services, the GRG Trust works to reduce stress and promote and preserve the well-being of families. It also maximises stability in the lives of grandparents, kin- carers and children not being raised by their parents. To find out more about the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Trust and assistance offered in our area, go to raisinggrandchildren.org.nz.
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