Here’s some of the latest news about Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nelson.
This week we had the privilege of saying “thanks” to our mentors at our annual Volunteer Recognition Evening.
The event, timed to coincide with International Volunteer Day, was a real community celebration. Tasman Mayor Richard Kempthorne presented some of the awards, and Les Edwards, the commercial and marketing manager for the Tasman Makos, gave an inspirational speech on building a winning team. One of our longtime mentors, Tim Cross, also shared some of his amusing and memorable experiences.
It was great to be able to recognise our mentors’ commitment and dedication. It takes a special kind of person to give freely of their time week after week and this year we’ve been lucky enough to have 150 such people mentoring young people.
Collectively our mentors have put in more than 10,000 hours this year; that’s a massive contribution to our community!
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nelson will benefit from the sales of two children’s books which have just been published.
The books, Herbert the Hound Dog, and Freddie the Ferret, have been written by Ross Stevenson, a member of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nelson board. An accountant by trade, Ross penned the books in his spare time. For more information about Herbert the Hound Dog visit www.bookstore.xlibris.com and for Freddie the Ferret visit www. bookstore.xlibris.com
The books are being sold through various outlets and the author, and Ross is donating $5 from every author sale to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nelson. The books cost $30 each and orders can be made by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nelson is launching an exciting new fundraiser in November, called Dine In Dine Out. It’ll feature various community dining events over the weekend of November 8-10.
Dine In: we’re inviting people to organise an event such as a BBQ or dinner at home and invite friends around. They then encourage the friends to make a donation to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nelson to show their appreciation for the meal.
Dine Out: dine out at a supporting restaurant and make a donation to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nelson by adding a few dollars to the bill.
Dine In-between: hold a sausage sizzle, morning tea or cake sale at your work or school and donate the proceeds to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nelson.
To register an event and get more information visit www.bbbsdiningevent.wordpress.com
Dine In Dine Out launch: a launch dinner will be held on Thursday November 7, at 7pm. It will be at Spangees Restaurant in Stoke and will feature a three-course dinner with entertainment, including guest speaker Matt Lawrey, the co-creator of The Little Things cartoon series. Tickets cost $40 and are available from BBBS of Nelson; ph 545-9864 or email email@example.com
Our mentors were given a big thumbs-up at the recent Trustpower community awards. Big Brothers Big Sisters Nelson came runner-up in the child and youth category at the awards, which recognises the contribution of volunteers to the community. Trustpower described the contribution of our mentors as “amazing”. To see photos from the awards function visit Trustpower’s Facebook page.
Big Brothers Big Sisters Nelson is thrilled to announce that Port Nelson has come on board as a sponsor of its youth mentoring programme.
Port Nelson has confirmed that its sponsorship will take effect from July 1 and run for a year. It says it believes the Big Brothers Big Sisters Nelson programme is a fantastic cause to support and it’s looking at other ways to support the programme besides making a financial contribution.
Big Brothers Big Sisters Nelson Programme Director Rachel Rae says the organisation is delighted to receive Port Nelson’s support and is looking forward to building a solid relationship with it. She adds that it’s encouraging to see large businesses such as Port Nelson becoming involved in the programme and wanting to make a difference in the lives of young people.
Nelson mentor Tanya McMurtrie has set her sights on doing the New York marathon and is raising funds for Big Brothers Big Sisters Nelson at the same time.
Tanya set out to the marathon last year but was thwarted by Hurricane Sandy, which resulted in the event being cancelled.
Undeterred, she decided to give it another go this year, and is again training hard for the race.
Tanya, who has been a mentor for three years, is also using the event as a fundraising opportunity for the Nelson mentoring programme. She has set up an account at the Give a Little website, through which people can donate money to support her marathon venture. All the money raised will go towards Big Brothers Big Sisters Nelson.
The website address is www.givealittle.co.nz/cause/TanyaMcMurtrieNYM
The firewood fundraiser we’re currently running in conjunction with The Edgewood Trust made it into the news, with The Leader running a story on the trust’s generous efforts on our behalf. To read the story, click here
Buy a load of dry firewood for winter and support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nelson at the same time!
BBBS Nelson will receive a portion of the profits from all trailer loads of firewood sold by firewood supplier Ray Hill this winter.
So tell your family and friends! The firewood for sale is:
- Kiln-dried, bagged offcuts – $175 per trailer (trailer holds 4 cubic metres of wood, or just over a cord)
- Split douglas fir – $290 per trailer, half trailers from $150
- Split blue gum – $330 per trailer, half trailers $170
- Mixed trailer of firewood and bagged offcuts – $240 per trailer
- Mixed trailer of blue gum and bagged offcuts -$260 per trailer
Price includes free stacking and free delivery to Atawhai, Nelson, Stoke and Richmond.
To order or inquire contact Ray Hill on 545-1512 or 021-141-7858 between 8am and 6pm or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Firewood must be paid for in cash on delivery. If you’re interested in helping with the stacking and loading of firewood, contact Ray.
Thanks to these sponsors for supporting this venture:
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nelson features in the December/January issue of This & That magazine, with the magazine running a story about some of the great friendships that have developed between Nelson mentors and their young people. You can read the article here
As a result of being the magazine’s chosen charity for the summer issue, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nelson has also received a donation from the magazine, which we’re really grateful for. This donation has been put towards the running costs of our mentoring programme.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nelson Community Newsletter for November 2012, is out now.
Fishing enthusiast Lance Heger is enjoying the chance to share his passion and knowledge with a new young friend.
Having a young friend who’s mad keen on fishing has given Nelson man Allen Knott the perfect excuse to dust off his fishing boat and get out on the water.
WOW…the Auction was a great night out with between $13,000 to $14,000 raised. The money will go towards supporting the young people in our community and our wonderful mentors – Thank you to everyone who made the night such a success, we could not have done it without you all!!!
Check out the list of great items, both in the silent and live auctions, in the “bid for this kid” charity auction on Wednesday 29 August, 6pm at the Ernest Rutherford Retirement Village.