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.