2006 Herald Foundation recipients

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The Herald Foundation have supported charity events and donated space to a considerable number of worthy charities since it was established in 1999. Read our 2006 Herald Foundation recipients' testimonials to find out more about the organisations and how they have benefited from The Herald Foundation's support...

* Storylines Children's Literature Trust of New Zealand
* Kidney Kids of NZ
* Auckland Zoo Tiger Time Campaign
* The Foundation for Youth Development - Project K
* Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind

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The Storylines Children's Literature Charitable Trust of New Zealand supports and promotes children's literature in New Zealand.

It was established by and works alongside the Storylines Children's Literature Foundation, a membership organisation of dedicated professionals in the fields of reading, writing, and literacy who work in a voluntary capacity for children's literature in New Zealand. Together, the Trust and Foundation members promote the value of books and reading for children and young adults, and support the development of New Zealand children's literature.

The Storylines Festival of New Zealand Children's Writers and Illustrators features children's writers and illustrators, storytellers, performers. It offers a unique opportunity for interaction between the creators and consumers of children's books, and an opportunity for kids of all ages to meet their literary heroes. Children and their families who attended the family days engage in writing, reading, listening, drawing, dressing up as book characters, watching artists at work, and talking about the books they love.

With events ranging from workshops for children, to seminars for adults, a 'story tour' to early childhood centres and schools throughout the Auckland region, and the hugely popular free Family Days, the 2006 festival was again a huge success, assisted greatly by support from sponsors, funders and donors. We are grateful to the New Zealand Herald Foundation for its support - without the exposure that the grant allows, we would not have welcomed over 20,000 children and adults to the free family day at The Aotea Centre in June.

We look forward to celebrating New Zealand children's literature through the festival again in June 2007.

Children and authors enjoying Auckland's Family Day during the 2006 Storylines Festival. Photos by Katrina Rees and Crissi Blair.

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Kidney Kids of NZ Inc is the only kidney organisation in New Zealand dedicated to supporting children with kidney diseases and their families.

Kidney Kids was established in 1990 and today it looks after over 1200 children and their families nationwide. The main function of Kidney Kids is to educate New Zealanders on the early warning signs of kidney and urinary tract diseases and to support children through hospital visits, funding, emotional support, advocacy, transport and family vouchers (petrol, food, travel and parking).

Each year Kidney Kids stages specialist camps and Christmas parties for children with kidney diseases. Kidney Kids also operates a 0800 number 24/7 and conducts educational mornings nationally for doctors, nurses, hospitals and the community.

In April 2006, Kidney Kids conducted their first national appeal and awareness month, with the second scheduled for April 2007.

For the past four years Kidney Kids and the Lions Clubs of NZ have worked together on an initiative to save 'can tabs' from any drinks or food cans in order to generate funds to help our kidney kids. The New Zealand Herald recently partnered Kidney Kids and the Lions Clubs by sponsoring two major half page adverts to broaden the scope of this fantastic project/appeal.

As a result of the Herald Foundation support Kidney Kids has been inundated with offers and promises to collect 'Kan Tabs' from all over New Zealand. This passive income stream we hope will generate $20k plus per annum. Thanks New Zealand Herald for your support!
- Paul Norfolk, National Manager, Kidney Kids of NZ Inc.

Christchurch Christmas Party 2005. Girl Guides and students collecting
'kan tabs' at Beachlands for Kidney Kids.

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Auckland Zoo's Tiger Time Campaign was a public campaign that aimed to raise enough money to transport young male Sumatran tiger, Oz, from Israel to New Zealand, and build the required enclosure for him. Following the sad loss of Auckland Zoo's female Sumatran tiger, Nisha, Nisha's younger sister, Molek, from Hamilton Zoo, was relocated to Auckland to be a mate for Oz.

The Tiger Time Campaign highlighted the plight of the critically endangered Sumatran tiger, of which there are fewer than 400 left in the wild, and less than 200 in captive (zoo) facilities. It stressed the role that Auckland Zoo is playing in the international captive breeding programme, to help ensure the survival of this magnificent big cat.

The Tiger Time Campaign also supported Sumatran tigers in the wild. Some of the funds raised will go to 21st Century Tiger, to specifically support the work of the Kerinci Seblat Tiger Conservation Project. The Kerinci Seblat National Park is one of the most important conservation areas in South East Asia. With poaching and habitat destruction a sad reality, park rangers and others involved in this project are working hard to turn the tide.

The world will witness the extinction of all wild Sumatran tigers if nothing is done to help preserve these amazing animals. Auckland Zoo and the Tiger Time Campaign would like to thank all those who supported the cause and donated money to help save Sumatran Tigers.

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The Foundation for Youth Development coordinate initiatives and manage and support programmes that help many young New Zealanders overcome difficulties, set goals and changes their lives for the better; raising funds to ensure their sustainability.

The Foundation for Youth development runs three programmes -

Kiwi Can
Develops a can-do attitude in primary school children. They take ownership of values taught and responsibility for their own actions. Children achieve this through praise and encouragement, and challenge to excel.

Helps all Year 9 students in participating schools to make a successful transition into their secondary school environment. Teachers are Group Leaders and senior (Year 12 and 13) students are trained to be Peer Mentors. For Year 9 students, the programme builds self-confidence, develops leadership and life skills and creates a sense of community by bringing younger and older students together.

Project K
Targets Year 10 students who are struggling to reach their potential. It builds self-confidence, promotes health and education, and supports students to set goals and achieve them in a series of practical steps. Students transfer their Wilderness Adventure learning to their everyday lives during the Community Challenge and have 12 months of support from adult mentors, many of whom come from the companies who sponsor Project K.

One-to-one mentoring is an essential ingredient of the programme's success and that is where the New Zealand Herald Foundation's generosity in supporting our Project K awareness ad campaign has really helped.

"Great News to report about the number of mentors North Shore has been able to source this year. With our last two groups of students soon to be matched - we are still going to have one or two in reserve as we head into Christmas. And that will mean 72 matched for the year. Many thanks to the New Zealand Herald Foundation which has assisted in this process considerably. And a huge thanks of course to the mentors for the great work they do."

- Programme Director, Project K North Shore

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The Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind is the primary provider of vision-related services to approximately 11,700 blind, deafblind and vision-impaired New Zealanders. More than two-thirds of our members are over the age of 65, but we support members aged from a few months old to over 100. Our vision is that blind, deafblind and vision-impaired people have the same opportunities and choices as other citizens to participate fully in society. Part of the Foundation's mission is to remove the barriers faced by individuals and to promote their participation in all aspects of life.

The services provided include specialist assessments, orientation and mobility training for adults and children, communication and adaptive technology instruction, employment services, guide dog services, counselling, talking book and braille library services, and instruction in the skills of adaptive daily living. We operate services specific to the needs of Maori and of Pacific Island communities and provide advice and training on access and disability issues to a wide range of public and private organisations.

Each year in October the Foundation has its Blind Week appeal. Appeals are essential given that only one-third of the Foundation's $22 million annual operating comes from government and this year we needed to raise over $1 million. With the support of the New Zealand Herald Foundation we were able to take this message to even more New Zealanders who may one day be affected by vision loss. Your support is much appreciated.

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