Plunket takes different approach to raise funds

Archie Hall (8 months) enjoys the bubbles at a Plunket Mini Movers programme for 0-12-month-olds in Invercargill early last month.

ITS normal street appeal can’t go ahead but Plunket is hoping a text fundraising campaign starting tomorrow will help raise money to deliver services.

Plunket community services co-ordinator Judy Cook said last year’s street appeal did not happen and with Covid-19 lockdowns in place, the organisation needed to change the way it raised money this year.

“So we’re holding a text to donate campaign.”

All funds raised from the appeal, which runs from September 3-10, would stay in the local community to help deliver services to Southland parents from the Invercargill rooms, she said.

“So mainly the money goes towards playgroups that we have and parenting programmes that we run.”

She said the programmes were important for parents and babies as they provided contact with others and gave parents a chance to get out of the house.

“We’ve received great feedback from parents about how important those are.”

Normally businesses, organisations and schools would take part in the fundraising with about $1700 raised each year, so she was hoping the community would still get behind this year’s efforts.

“I know it doesn’t seem a lot but this money is still significant when it comes to the services we continue to have available for parents.”

During lockdown, virtual classes delivered support during a challenging time and gave parents something to look forward to in their day, she said.

To donate $3 to the Plunket appeal, text SUPPORT to 8595.