We have started a Givealittle page for Cerebral Palsy in New Zealand. There are over 7000 sufferers. Our mission for raising funds will start in Hamilton at the end of February. We will give Troy a flight in the Piper Lance over Hamilton. The intention is to take our flights to Kaitaia, Whangarei, Tauranga and Whakatane. These flights have been fully sponsored by the Z Energy group. We are hoping to raise funds in each area we fly into; this will be passed onto the Cerebral Palsy Society. Troy and the aircraft are pictured below:
We have had an interesting start to the New Year. We met Claire Freeman in Auckland who is doing her PhD at AUT. We have asked if she would be interested in becoming our ambassador and she is keen. We will meet up with Claire again in March when we are in Christchurch completing the penultimate leg of "kids in wheelchairs"
We flew to Kaitaia yesterday to complete the final planning for the large Curious Minds Class to be undertaken in the Te Ahu community centre. This class will be made up of 110 students from 5 schools in the Far North. We are proud to be associated with Foundation North who have sponsored this event which will be from 19th March through to 23rd March.
7 Destinations including Hamilton. Flying North to Kaitaia first stop then down East Coast of North island with stops at Whangarei, Tauranga, Whakatane. From there to Rangiora, Taieri and then home to Hamilton.
We are working with the owner of ZK-EIB a six seat Piper Lance this year. The Charity is being supported by Z Energy Limited to provide additional flights during 2018. This aircraft has the capability of taking five passengers up at a time. One of the first missions this year will be to fly this aircraft to at least 5 centres around NZ giving the freedom of flight to kids in wheelchairs.
The swing (above) was sponsored by Child Flight. It has been installed at Sara Cohen special needs school in Dunedin.
Today we introduced our new logo. It is more in keeping with the Curious Minds logo and a slightly more linear style. Bit risky to change but we felt that it was time for a fresh look. 2018 will be a massive change year for us as we start to employ more staff. Our intention is to involve up to 10 schools in the North Island in the Curious Minds project which will include flights. This will require the Charity to apply for increased funding, a time consuming activity which take us away from core activities. We will be looking for someone who is skilled in funding applications to join us.
Today we completed two flights for Women's Refuge sponsored by the WEL Energy Trust in Hamilton. The airport gave us full use of their lounge and the control tower provided their services free. There is a great feeling of bon homme at this airport with everyone pulling together to make our experience as enjoyable as possible. Even the airport got a laugh when a couple of our little blighters got on the public address system. Air New Zealand staff were sent scurrying to find the culprits!!
The big news is that we achieved the flights we had promised to the 28 students who had completed the Curious Minds-Possible Worlds class from Kaitaia Intermediate. We were saddened by the news that Sue Arrell will be stepping down as the Principal. Sue has been a great supporter of our program from the very start and helped us pioneer the first classes.
On a more positive note we met up with Heather Greaves (photo below) who runs the curriculum program for Oturu School on the outskirts of Kaitaia township. Oturu is part of a consortium of 20 schools in the Far North, and we are hoping to work with Heather and her team when we run our 2018 Curious Minds classes at Te Ahu (Community Centre).
On another positive note we have appointed an official local representative in Kaitaia, Shirley Williams. Shirley is very well known in the Kaitaia community and has been a supporter of Child Flight since we arrived in Northland 3 years ago.
On the 16th August classes began for Curious Minds at Fairfield Intermediate in Hamilton. Our first classes in a Hamilton School. This programme is being supported by Harcourts Hamilton and Ebbett Volkswagen. We have 20 students in the class which were carefully selected by the school's deputy principal.
Today, 17th August we braved the weather conditions to fly our Piper Arrow to Whakatane to present a cheque to James Street School, a special needs school we have been connected with for 3 years now through the Z Energy Good in the Hood Programme.
Leticia Allan manages the Northland Z service stations under the name Stage 3 Northland. For 3 years she has supported Child Flight in the Far North. Together we have achieved flights for over 100 kids, special needs and disadvantaged, many have never flown before. This has come about through Stage 3's involvement with Z Energy's Good in the Hood programme where the energy company donates $1 million dollars to social welfare projects in New Zealand's communities.
We are pleased to announce that Foundation North have given us sufficient sponsorship to go ahead with our plans to open up Curious Minds-Possible Worlds to as many as 200 kids in Kaitaia using the Te Ahu venue in town. This is very exciting news as we are hoping to extend an invitation to as many as 10 schools in the Far North. The programme will be the updated version of the course that has been introduced over the last two years in Kaitaia Intermediate school.