We need Coordinators and Collectors for our nationwide appeals that happen each year. The Orphans Aid Appeal is a huge part of our fundraising and enables us to meet shortfalls in project sponsorships – rescuing orphans and abandoned children.
Orphans Aid International’s 2015 Street Appeal Dates:
• Dunedin – 27 February
• Dargaville – 27 & 28 February
• Cambridge – 27 & 28 February
• Gisborne – 27 & 28 February
• Kaikohe – 27 & 28 February
• Kaitaia – 27 & 28 February
• Kerikeri – 27 & 28 February
• Palmerston North – 27 & 28 February
• Rotorua – 27 & 28 February
• Whangarei – 27 & 28 February
• Alexandra – 6 & 7 March
• Balclutha – 6 & 7 March
• Christchurch – 6 March
• Gore – 6 & 7 March
• Hamner Springs – 6 & 7 March
• Hastings & Napier – 7 March
• Milton – 6 & 7 March
• Nelson – 6 & 7 March
• Oamaru – 6 March
• Oxford – 6 March
• Rangiora & Kaiapoi – 6 March
• Riverton – 6 & 7 March
• Takaka – 6 & 7 March
• Timaru & Temuka – 6 & 7 March
• Twizel – 6 & 7 March
• Winton – 7 March
• Wellington – 7 March
• Helensville – 17 & 18 April
• Orewa – 17 & 18 April
• Lower Hutt – 2 May
• Queenstown – 19 June
• Wanaka – 19 June
Dreamed of doing something "practical"? Passionate about getting "hands on" to help the kids who need it? We are asking you to help by doing an appeal in your Local Area. Whether it's a suburb in the big smoke – or the rural town you love – we reckon everyone should have a chance to hear about our work - and contribute to it if they like. A small appeal could simply be you and a friend. If you've got the time, you might like to recruit friends, family and local clubs or school classes – to make a bigger impact in your area. The role is simply to connect with those who offer to help, and make sure that things are running smoothly. We'll send you everything you need to make it a fun and stressless – from vests to buckets and stickers as well as instructions for handling money etc. You may even like to share organising your Local Appeal with a friend as a fun project to do together? It could be a Bucket Collection, a BBQ or a Bake Sale!
SIGN UP NOW - We really need your help in your Local Area!
As much as we need people to organise an appeal in your Local Area – they will need some people to help them on the day! Get involved and turn up on the Appeal day and bring your smile as you shake the bucket for passers by. The more Collectors we have, the more awareness we can create for children in need – and the more you'll be helping us raise to feed, clothe and love these precious children. If someone has put up their hand to organise your Local Appeal, we'll put you in touch. If no-one has offered to organise your Local Appeal - we will keep your details ready for when someone does! If you think you might be able to Organise your Local Appeal, let us know – as this would be a huge help too!
SIGN UP NOW - You'll be helping in a really practical way!
There's been some great Orphans Aid Appeal highlights. I'd like to share a few...In 2013 the appeals kicked off in Riverton at lunchtime on Friday the 15th March with a filling and fun fundraiser from Marina and her team there. From there, it’s headed north all the way to Orewa in April – thanks to Gill and her friends, with many stops along the way! Everywhere in between, volunteers emerged for a few hours over varying days, with buckets in hand and smiles-a-plenty. Some opted for a delicious bake-off, like Noel who recruited his workmates at three Chorus offices in Wellington and Christchurch and Auckland. Others opted for for the trusty “bucket-coin-shake” to get passers-by attention.But it wasn’t just Kiwis hearing about the work! Some of the appeals landed on days where cruise ships full of tourists were in town, thanks to Jude of Picton and Christine in Wellington – getting the word out wider than any of us could normally do!
Whole families got involved – kids like my daughter keen to hand out the “Thank You” stickers. With her cute-factor she collected much more than I did! School teachers, Charlaine and Cristina had some keen children and parents involved in the Manurewa and Manukau appeals (despite a protest happening down the road) and they had a blast.
Pastors and parishioners pitched in – Ian in Takaka, the Wards in Wanaka, the Shaxons in Hamner Springs, Diane in Blenheim, and Charmain in Tauranga. Hilary, along with Zonta Club network’s Lea in Dunedin got stuck in with other Otago volunteers. The first donation there was a very kind man giving a $50 note!
Grand-mother of six, Helen, wasn’t bothered by not having any volunteers put their hands up in her area, so she took her faithful folding chair and collected at New Lynn and Henderson malls – raising a small-fortune! Meanwhile, fundraising dynamo Ruby in Blenheim appealed to the masses with an army of 40+ volunteers taking to the streets.
Passionate Palmy fundraisers Taka and Kiri joined forces, taking to the streets with friends during a town event. Denise and Gabriela raised the bar in Hastings and Napier, while championers of charity, Greta of Nelson and Jess of Cambridge both said the best collection spot was outside their local BNZ – makes “cents” doesn’t it! Abbey and Anabella teamed up, filling the buckets in offices and on pavements in Rotorua.
More recently, volunteers headed out in one of Queenstown's colder days during Winter Festival with our founder Sue and had a great response. Then a Queenstown Primary class who were collecting ended up being featured on TV One news!
What a great year it's been!
Our projects rely heavily on our supporters making a commitment to a regular sponsorship. To get started, please complete a Sponsorship Form or visit our Project Pages for detailed information about each project. All sponsors will receive a donation receipt. Donations given within New Zealand may be Tax Deductible for amounts of $5 and over. 100% of sponsorships funds are sent to be used at the chosen project you designate.
" After watching the 2009 Television NZ documentary “Someone, Somewhere Loves Me” it truly inspired us to try and help. During a European holiday last year we toured Romania and were privileged to visit Casakiwi – the Romanian home established by Orphans Aid – and spend quality time with the wonderful staff and children. The lives of these orphaned children would have been very different if it had not been for Orphans Aid International. We have no doubt this is the same in the other countries OAI provide help as none have welfare systems as we have come to accept in New Zealand. We are honoured to assist in anyway we are able."