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Round the Bays calls for charity partners

Press Release – Ports of Auckland Round the Bays

Today, Ports of Auckland Round the Bays has opened up applications to find three charity partners for its March 2019 event.
Auckland Round the Bays calls for charity partners for share of $60,000

Today, Ports of Auckland Round the Bays has opened up applications to find three charity partners for its March 2019 event.

Registered New Zealand charities who wish to apply have the chance to a share of $60,000 in cash donations, plus receive a $20,000 Stuff media package each and a charity package valued at $2,500, including a hospitality site and event tickets. The three selected charities will also headline in event promotion, encouraging more public fundraising for their causes.

Last year, the event generated more than $160,000 combined for more than 30 NZ charities, and this year hopes to raise even more.

From Tuesday, 14 August, NZ Charities can apply for funding by heading to and filling out the online form. Applications close midnight Friday 31 August and selected charities will be announced on 5 September.

Three very deserving charities from last year, Lifeline, South Auckland Riding for the Disabled and Spirit of Adventure Trust were able to make a real difference with their donations from the 2018 event.

• Lifeline is a 24/7 helpline for Kiwis in crises
• Lifeline received a $15,000 donation and an additional $12,400 from fundraisers
• The funds enabled the charity to listen to 1,080 callers in distress and crisis
• Lifeline relies on donations to be able to respond to approximately 10,000 callers every month.
South Auckland Riding for the Disabled
• Through specialised horse therapy programmes, RDA helps Kiwis who live with physical, intellectual, emotional and social challenges to develop their independence, confidence and abilities
• South Auckland Riding for the Disabled received $15,000 and $428 from fundraisers
• “Our aim with this money was to buy one, or even two new ponies suitable for use as RDA ponies. Finding an RDA pony is no easy task – they have to be a certain size, unflappable, friendly, easy going and have a good spring in their step. They also have to have loads of experience and know how to behave while being ridden – all of this is extremely difficult to attribute to one horse!” says Alison Daldy, Committee Member RDA South Auckland
• “Luckily for us, we found a fabulous pony called Rocky soon after we received our funds. Rocky ticked all the boxes and came to join us in March, shortly after Round the Bays. He has been an amazing boy – very little training was required and he had disabled children riding him within 2 weeks! We absolutely love our Rocky and feel very lucky to have him.”
• “Since then, we have been searching desperately for a second pony as we lost one of our older ponies in June (this is a very sad part of what we do, but, sadly, it does happen). Two weeks ago, we went and looked at a potential pony and we have decided to buy him! He is gorgeous and once again, ticks all the boxes. He is enjoying living with our other ponies and seems to be fitting in beautifully. He will need very little training and will be a very usable, versatile pony. His name is Arnie and we are very happy with him.”
• “Of course, looking after horses (we now have 7) is very expensive as there are many things to consider. Each horse needs five-weekly farrier visits to look after their feet, yearly dentist appointments, vet visits when necessary and food and hay. On average, this works out to around $1000 – $2000 per year per pony.”
• “Our team of ponies is looking good now and we are so grateful that we have been able to add to the team. Thank you so much to Round the Bays and all the wonderful people who have supported us.”
Spirit of Adventure Trust
• Spirit of Adventure Trust is an organisation dedicated to the development of youth; empowering young Kiwis to reach their full potential through the challenge of the sea.
• 100 enthusiastic past and present trainees and crews were involved in Ports of Auckland Round the Bays 2018
• Spirit of Adventure Trust received $20,000 and $610 from fundraisers
• “This generous donation created life-changing experiences – 277 young New Zealanders have become more confident and competent contributors to their whānau and within their community. Each Trainee has completed the 10Youth Development program with greater resilience to support them and help them face life’s challenges ahead.” says Talei Williams, Marketing Communications Spirit of Adventure Trust.
• “Spirit of Adventure has played a huge part in our student’s lives at Pacific Advanced Senior School (PASS). All our students who come back from a voyage say it was nothing less than a life-changing experience. We participated in this year’s Round the Bays event and it was good to stand next to our Spirit of Adventure Trust family and give back to the community. We are now ready to beat our time next year!” – PASS teacher.
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