Bellyful is the first New Zealand group to receive a $30,000 grant through the Jetstar Flying Start Programme and will use these funds to help enrich the lives of New Zealanders.
Bellyful is a New Zealand-based charity organisation which provides free, home-cooked meals to families who have newborns, are struggling with the illness of a parent or child, or are new to a community.
Bellyful launched in May 2009 with the first branch in Pukekohe, New Zealand. In April 2012, Bellyful had 12 branches throughout the North and South Island of New Zealand.
The organisation is run by a network of more than 300 volunteers who cook and deliver frozen, precooked meals to families who are short of a support network close-by.
People in towns all over New Zealand have been contacting Bellyful with interest to start Bellyful branches in their local towns. The demand for Bellyful services is rapidly growing so the Jetstar Flying Start grant (made up of $15,000 cash and $15,000 worth of flights) will enable Bellyful to expand and start up additional branches to help more families.
Bellyful is aiming to use the Jetstar grant to double its size with another 12 branches to open within 12 months; taking the total to 24 Bellyful branches across New Zealand.
Funds raised by the volunteers and public donations cover the costs of running the Bellyful branches. Expenses include food, containers and communication material. There are currently no paid positions in Bellyful, even in Head Office.
Success of Bellyful
Success of the Bellyful opening in Christchurch
In early August Bellyful - the Kiwi charity providing free, home cooked meals to new families- opened its first ever Christchurch branch with the help of a $30,000 grant received from the Jetstar Flying Start Programme.
Bellyful is run by a network of volunteers who cook and deliver the frozen, precooked meals to families who have newborns, are struggling with the illness of a parent or child, or are new to a community.
Bellyful was the first New Zealand group to receive the grant of $15,000 in cash and $15,000 in Jetstar flights which been used to help fund the travel and costs associated with opening new branches around the country.
On Saturday 4 August Bellyful volunteers were joined by Jetstar Australia and New Zealand CEO David Hall, Jetstar Flying Start Programme Judge Steve Price and Jetstar crew members for a 'cook off' event. Over 80 meals including macaroni cheese were cooked and packaged, ready to be delivered to new mums in Christchurch.
Arthritis New Zealand
Kiwi kids suffering from arthritis will have the chance to attend a unique camp after Arthritis NZ received a $30,000 grant through the Jetstar Flying Start Programme.
More than 1,000 New Zealand children, from toddlers to teenagers, suffer from arthritis. The annual camp run by Arthritis New Zealand for the past two years offers young sufferers a chance to meet, to learn new skills and to build their confidence.
The Jetstar Flying Start Programme grant of $15,000 in flights and $15,000 in cash means 50 children from around the country will be able to attend the camp in 2013 - 25% more than ever before.
Deaf Aotearoa is the latest recipient of a Jetstar Flying Start Programme grant. Kiwi families with deaf or hearing impaired parents will be able to participate in a special conference in Christchurch next year, made possible by the $30,000 grant.
The second annual NZ Deaf and Hearing Impaired Parents Conference and Children’s Camp in January 2013 will give families the chance to learn how to tackle their unique challenges, hear from expert speakers, share their experiences and make new friends.
It’s smiles all round as Clown Doctors New Zealand is announced as the fourth Jetstar Flying Start Programme grant recipient.
Over 50,000 hospital patients and family members have been entertained in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch hospitals since the Clown Doctors organisation started in New Zealand in 2009. Using laughter as an aid to encourage and motivate, the 24 Clown Doctors give psychological support and complement the therapy of the sick or suffering in hospitals and relief centers. The funny chaos created by Clown Doctors brings smiles not only to the faces of the patients and their family members, but also to hospital staff and visitors.
The $15,000 cash and $15,000 travel grant will enable the Clown Doctors to run a specialist ‘Medical Clowning’ training course and expand their work nationwide during the annual Smile Days campaign in late May.
Safekids New Zealand
Safekids New Zealand, a service established to help reduce the high rates of preventable injury to children, is the latest recipient of a Jetstar Flying Start Programme grant.
The $30,000 grant - evenly split between flights and cash - will be used to raise awareness of scooter safety amongst Kiwi kids.
Big Buddy is our sixth Jetstar Flying Start Programme grant recipient, receiving $15,000 cash and $15,000 in travel.
With growing waiting lists for trusted male mentors for young boys in the Wellington region, the grant will be used to expand Big Buddy’s services in the Capital, boosting its infrastructure and recruiting much-needed Big Buddies.
Offering a free mentoring service run by dedicated professionals, nearly 500 Kiwi boys have been matched with hand-picked mentors since the service started in 1997.
The New Zealand Festival
The New Zealand Festival is the seventh Flying Start Programme grant recipient, receiving $15,000 cash and $15,000 in travel, to be used for a ground-breaking performance by 500 Kiwis, titled 'The Big Bang'.
The grant will be used to help facilitate flights and ground costs for hundreds of young people from Christchurch and Auckland to Wellington where they will join a 500-strong group made-up of Strike Percussion, Kora, Wellington community choirs and the 200 young drummers who will perform a unique drumming and vocal performance to open the bi-annual three-week New Zealand Festival on Friday 21 February, 2014.
In preparation for this special event, 200 young people from Wellington, Christchurch and Auckland have been training with professional musicians from Strike Percussion, a ground-breaking programme for children which not only teaches valuable musical skills but also harnesses the transformative power of collaboration and working towards a common goal.
MenzShed of Kaiapoi
MenzShed is the eighth Flying Start Programme grant recipient, receiving $15,000 cash and $15,000 in travel, to help build a much-needed metal working shed to support the people of Kaiapoi in Canterbury.
MenzShed brings men together in a community space to share their skills, have a laugh, and work on practical tasks individually (personal projects) or as a group (for the Shed or community). Over 50 Sheds exist around New Zealand with the aim of nurturing the mental health and wellbeing of all the members of the group, within a friendly environment.
Projects already undertaken out of the Kaiapoi MenzShed include constructing and installing planter boxes in Kaiapoi’s main street, fixing fences for the elderly, installing raised gardens, and building public benches and bird houses.
Dunstan High School’s ‘Dunstanza’ choir is the ninth Flying Start Programme grant recipient, receiving $15,000 cash and $15,000 in travel, enabling the 52-strong Otago performance troupe to travel to the Melbourne International Singers Festival in June.
The Dunstanza choir will have their talents on show at two concerts while attending the Festival as well as participating in contemporary and gospel music workshops with Choral Directors from America.
The Jetstar Flying Start Grant helped supplement the fundraising carried out by the Alexandra community allowing school group to make the trip memorable for all choir members and reducing the financial burden on families.