1788 Christmas Boxes for Families in Auckland Region

Over the last few months, we have had hundreds of people across Aotearoa getting involved to create Christmas boxes for families in need.

As a result of the generous donations, and with help of all the volunteers, we have managed to give over 3,750 boxes nationwide – this is a massive achievement and one we could not have done alone…so THANK YOU!!! 

A huge thank you to Argosy Properties for gifting us our office and volunteering space in Auckland. It was a very central HQ, and the volunteers loved it.

Collectively we organised over 1788 Christmas Boxes for families in the Auckland region.

Thank you to Spark who provided a courier service for the Catalytic Foundation to send parcels to families around Aotearoa, a huge help!

Thank you to the Businesses, Individuals and Families who also donated gifts and money to the campaign. 

Thank you to the following Business donors: 

AIA, Spark, Les Mills, Cooper and Co, Deloitte, Downer, Hays Recruitment, Grant Thornton, Soul Machines, Silver Fern Farms, NZ Olympic Committee, Xero, Mastercard, Blackmore Virtue & Owens, Carson Fox Legal, Pitney Bowes, Kohler, Rockwell Automation, Browns Bay Aria Retirement Home, Arvida Peninsula Club, Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate and the United States Consulate General. 

Photo 1: Thank you to AIA for over 120 boxes of gifts for Auckland and Northland families

Photo 2: Delivering to Island Child Charitable Trust


239 Christmas Boxes for Wellington and Blenheim Families

Thank you to individuals and businesses (Spark, Deloitte, Valocity Global and Hays) who donated boxes and money to help the campaign in Wellington.

Thank you to the residents at Arvida Village at the Park in Wellington and Ashwood Park - Arvida Retirement Village in Blenheim for your wonderful contribution of gifts.

Thank you to Hays Recruitment (Madison and the team) were an amazing help with their volunteering time, organizing and wrapping wonderful Christmas boxes.

Thank you to the team of 30 volunteers from Deloitte, who wrapped boxes and donated to the Wellington campaign. �

Thank you to Wellington Helicopters who provided our volunteering venue.

In Wellington and Blenheim we provided 239 boxes for families in the region.

Photo: The Deloitte volunteering team at Wellington Helicopters, on Queens Wharf. Thank you to Ann-Elise Smithson for tidying up the Wellington Helicopters base for next year!

 

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344 Christmas boxes go to Canterbury Families

What a better way to finish the year but with the Christmas Shoebox Project!

Over the last few months, we have had hundreds of people across Aotearoa getting involved to create Christmas boxes for families in need.

As a result of the generous donations, and with help of all the volunteers, we have managed to give over 3,750 boxes – this is a massive achievement and one we could not have done alone…so THANK YOU!!!  

Together we put together 344 Christmas Boxes together for families in Canterbury.

Thank you to all of our donors and volunteers in Christchurch.

Special mention to the Hays Recruitment volunteers who wrapped all of our Christmas Parcels.

Photo 1: Thank you to the team and clients from Pinnacle & Co for putting together over 50 boxes!

Photo 2: Socially Speaking delivering Christmas Presents to Christchurch Community House

Photo 3:  Birthright Canterbury delivering Christmas boxes to families


581 Christmas boxes for Otago and Southland families

What a better way to finish the year but with the Christmas Shoebox Project!

Over the last few months, we have had hundreds of people across Aotearoa getting involved to create Christmas boxes for families in need.

As a result of the generous donations, and with help of all the volunteers, we have managed to give over 3,750 boxes – this is a massive achievement and one we could not have done alone…so THANK YOU!!!  

In Otago (including Oamaru) and Southland areas we provided 581 Christmas boxes for families in the region.

Thank you to Laura Ramsey and the Forsyth Barr Team for their wrapping of 300+ Christmas boxes.
Thank you to Sues Russell and Volunteer South for organizing many volunteers for Christmas wrapping and driving the boxes to Oamaru.

Thank you to the William Sherriff Charitable Trust for your $3000 donation which helped towards achieving this goal.

Photo: Christmas at Corstorphine Community Hub with Santa, in South Dunedin


It's not too late for Christmas

Special Christmas Boxes are now being distributed to our community charity partnerships, who have identified families/children in urgent need of support this Christmas. We are working to ensure that no child within our network misses out this Christmas, but we are 200 boxes short!

It's never too late to ensure a child gets a Christmas box of gifts, please click below to help a child in your region this Christmas 

CLICK HERE TO DONATE

 

We are operating the Christmas Shoebox Project in Northland, Auckland, Bay of Plenty, Taranaki, Manawatu/Whanganui, Wellington, Canterbury, Otago and Southland. 

Photos: Curtesy of Corstorphine Community Hub, in South Dunedin, which we donated over 120 Christmas boxes to for their 2022 Christmas Party


24 days till Christmas

Christmas is in 24 days, but for some families this is not a celebration...

In our 2022 Needs Survey Community charities reported that families are:

  • Sharing one toothbrush amongst the entire family
  • Deciding whether to buy food or pay the power bill
  • Stressed by their financial constraints
  • Not looking forward to Christmas

The Christmas Shoebox Project provides a way for the community to show they care!  A small donation ensures every child gets a box of presents and essentials and their families are supported by our accredited community partners. 

We have bases throughout Aotearoa ready to receive gifts and donations for the Christmas Shoebox Project. Let's help every child in NZ celebrate this Christmas! 

REGISTER HERE
to give gifts for a Christmas Box


Click here to
DONATE A CHRISTMAS BOX

Thank you for caring for families in your community and we wish you a very happy Christmas from the Catalytic Team


25 days till Christmas Eve

Christmas is in 25 days, but for some families this is not a celebration...

Our community charities have reported back to us in our recent '2022 Needs Survey' that families are:

  • Sharing one toothbrush amongst the entire family
  • Deciding whether to buy food or pay the power bill
  • Stressed by their financial constraints
  • Not looking forward to Christmas

The Christmas Shoebox Project provides a way for the community to show they care!  A small donation ensures every child gets a box of presents and essentials at Christmas and the family is supported with necessary services by our community partners. 

Filling Christmas boxes can be fun!
We have 5 bases in Auckland, Whanganui, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin and support many regional communities with this campaign

REGISTER HERE
for Christmas boxes


Click here to
DONATE A CHRISTMAS BOX

Thank you for caring for families in your community, we wish you a very happy Christmas from the Team at the Catalytic Foundation


33 Days till Christmas

Christmas is in 33 days, but for some families this is not a celebration...

Our community charities have reported back to us in our recent '2022 Needs Survey' that families are:

  • Sharing one toothbrush amongst the entire family
  • Deciding whether to buy food or pay the power bill
  • Stressed by their financial constraints
  • Not looking forward to Christmas

The Christmas Shoebox Project provides a way for the community to show they care!  A small donation ensures every child gets a box of presents and essentials at Christmas and the family is supported with necessary services by our community partners. 

Filling Christmas boxes can be fun!
We have 5 bases in Auckland, Whanganui, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin and support many regional communities with this campaign

 

REGISTER HERE
for Christmas boxes


Click here to
DONATE A CHRISTMAS BOX

Thank you for caring for families in your community, we wish you a very happy Christmas from the Team at the Catalytic Foundation


Otago Polytechnic Charity House A Success for the Community

Otago Polytechnic Charity House Auction a success

Otago Polytechnic’s 16TH annual Charity House Auction, held on Saturday 19 November, raised $110,000 for a range of community groups,

Around 50 people attended the 15th Charity House auction at Otago Polytechnic’s Carpentry facility, at which a fully furnished four-bedroom home was sold for $405,000, eclipsing the previous record (set in 2021) of $365,000.

At the conclusion of the bidding process at Otago Polytechnic’s L Block, Dr Megan Gibbons, Otago Polytechnic Chief Executive, presented Catalytic Foundation Chair John Gallaher with a cheque for $110,000.

“We are proud to play a part in a project that provides benefits to many others,” Dr Megan Gibbons, Executive Director Otago Polytechnic, said.

The Charity House project exemplifies the applied learning approach that Otago Polytechnic provides, highlighting the skills and work ethic of all the many learners involved, along with the passion and commitment of our teaching staff.”

Catalytic Foundation Chair John Gallaher said the organisation would distribute the proceeds from the sale of the Charity House to small to medium community-based charities.

“The Charity House project has demonstrated the power and impact of individuals and organisations joining together and using their particular skills to support those in need in their community.

“We would like to thank Otago Polytechnic staff and carpentry students as well as all the local businesses who contributed so generously to the fit-out of the houses. Strong and resilient communities are built from the support of those who ‘can’, helping those in need.”

Charity House sponsors: Active, Allison Carey Architectural Designer, Aotea Electric, Bayley’s Metro, Carpet Court, Design Windows, Dimond Roofing, Dulux, Foleys, Gib, HN Makeovers, Ideal, Kitchens For Less, Mammoth Insulation, McNeilly Heavy Haulage, Mediaworks, Oakleys, Otago Design, Philips, Placemakers, Schneider Electric, Serene Living, Spotless, Timeless, Viridian, Vision, Windsor Brass.


Gumboot Day Walk of Hope, Friday Nov 4th

Register here

To join for the WALK OF HOPE

Meet at Regus:155 Fanshawe Street, Auckland CBD.  

Don’t forget to wear your gumboots and bring your phone! 

All participants receive: I AM HOPE hat, wristband and map.

2pm: Start your walk around Auckland's Viaduct.

*3500 steps for every person who attempted to take their life last year.

Follow the map provided and stop to take photos and do fun activities.
Upload your photos to social media, using the hashtags #gumbootupNZ  #gumbootfriday  #IAMHOPE

4pm: Meet at finish line for refreshments and a live broadcast with Mike King at O’Hagans, Auckland's Viaduct, from 4pm onwards.

To sponsor the walk and donate to I AM HOPE please click the donate button

DONATE 

This fundraising event is sponsored by Dell Technology and organised by the Catalytic Foundation to raise money for I AM HOPE mental health counsellors.