We are looking forward to getting sponsors support for our inspirational teaching programme Curious Minds-Possible Worlds. Last year we taught 75 vulnerable kids between the ages of 10-13 years. Our goal is to get our programme into more schools and community organisations such as Women's Refuge. Flights will continue for special needs kids and where funding allows we will extend the flights to Curious Minds classes. Anyone interested in learning more about our programme, please contact me. Mothers wanting to have their child in our classes should contact me. We are taking classes at the Western Community Centre. Timing will be dependent on our resources.
We have now completed 4 classes of Curious Minds for kids under the supervision of Waikato Women's Refuge. We are amazed at how willing these kids are to learn. Our class consists of 15 kids all aged 12. Child Flight has purchased a projector which allows us to be independent wherever we teach our 4P programme. This allows us to do Power Point with videos. Each class is 2 hours long. Professor Kathryn Pavlovich does the teaching and I have been referred to as "her sidekick" !!
I approached Jucy Rentals to help us with a Xmas present for the kids. They have chipped in to pay for a trip down to Raglan Rock to do a day's activity (caving or rock climbing)....wow thank you Tim Alpe, Jucy's CEO.
We have yet to complete our program in Kaitaia, this has been planned for early next year. St Paul's, Ngruawahia have almost completed a full programme. We learnt a lot from teaching here and hope to be able to continue next year subject to funding.
We also managed to get 4 flights away for Blomfield School in Whangarei. This gave 12 special students a chance to see Whangarei and the sea. A truely unique experience for these kids. We have more flights planned for the New Year all supported by Z Energy Whangarei.
Our Trust is devoted to looking after special and disadvantaged kids. As CEO of Child Flight, I feel I can do more for the kids. We have embarked on a new education program which is currently being supported by the ANZ Staff Foundation, Z Energy (Good in the Hood), The Brian Perry Charitable Trust and The Gallagher Trust. This allows us to introduce Curious Minds to 3 schools in Kaitaia & Hamilton. The education program will be backed up by flights for the kids that have taken part. But we can do more......
By getting on the Hamilton City Council I want to ensure that the city carefully reviews our programs for special and disadvantaged kids. I would like to see the city providing more facilities to help these kids. Have someone on the Council who specialises in this area. This person would be responsible for overseeing what is being done to combat child abuse in the city. Ensuring that the city has a plan of action, now!! The objective, to look after these kids, to lower the number being abused. To make Hamilton City the safest city in NZ. We can achieve this, by actively participating in the community. That means not just sitting on the council preparing reports, but actually getting out into the community and helping!! let's do this Hamilton!!
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The Gallagher Trust have donated sufficient funds for Child Flight to start Curious Minds-Possible Worlds into the Waikato. We have been accepted by St Pauls to initiate the program. The magic show on the 16th May was the precursor to the start of the program. This is an exciting time for Child Flight as we take the Charity into a 3 tier program aimed at involving students in a journey of mindfulness, mentoring & flight. Our goal is to leave a meaningful long term legacy with each student that takes a flight with us.
Jonathan Usher, magician extraordinaire, and I made the decision to drive rather than fly to Kaitaia on Tuesday 17th May. The decision not to fly was due to fierce thunder storms the previous night which lit up the Waikato sky. Very hard decision as it takes 5 1/2 hours to drive and only 1 1/2 hours to fly!! But the show must go on.....
We arrived in Kaitaia in time for breakfast. The first show began at 11 am at Kaitaia Primary. Brendon Morrissey, principal, praised the show as "the best ever in the school".
Then onto Kaitaia Intermediate where the show started at 2 pm. Again very successful with a thumbs up from Sue Arell, principal.
This is the start of the ANZ Staff Foundation & Z Good in the Hood supported Curious Minds program. This journey is truly fascinating and we are all looking forward to the introduction of the 4P's into these two schools.
At the time of writing this Blog, Child Flight has been successful in setting up flights and simulator rides for some very special kids from Hamilton North on the 22nd May. The Brian Perry Charitable Trust has given enough sponsorship to support another 10 flights. A very big thanks to Tiffiney Perry & Chris Harvey for making this possible.
On the downside we were turned down by Trust Waikato for funding for our Curious Minds project in the Waikato. Curiously we have been successful in the Far North with support from the ANZ Staff Foundation, but have yet to achieve any support in our home town. This will not stop us from continuing to try through other agencies such as Gallagher & WEL Trusts where we have forwarded applications. Fingers crossed. We have lined up St Pauls in Ngaruawahia, a decile 4 school for the program working with their new principal Shaun Emms. Of course we have to get the funding before we can start.