Large numbers of Kiwi kids face the beginning of a new school year without uniforms, or stationery. School Start First Impressions is a privately funded charitable organisation based in Pukekohe which provides kid boxes designed to meet the needs of disadvantaged five year olds.
As a privately funded organisation School Start First Impressions are heavily reliant on donations. When the Rotary Club of Franklin Inc learnt about the work that School Start First Impressions were doing locally and within the South Auckland region, they knew they had to help.
“What makes First Impressions so unique is the care and loving attention which they give to each kit box. A child isn’t only provided with their school needs which includes stationery, uniforms, raincoats and school bags but also with toys and presents for their fifth birthday party. The First Impressions team personalise each box so that it reflects the child’s own preferences,” said club member Jana Parkes.
The Rotary Club of Franklin Inc was proud to support the work of School Start First Impressions by providing the organisation with an $8000.00 cheque last week. The money was raised by club members through a massively successful casino night which is held annually and is always popular with locals who enjoy the occasional flutter.
The club asked that Mitre 10 be acknowledged for their generous contributions toward the club’s casino night last year.
“Club members enjoy creating fun nights like our annual casino and quiz nights, however at the heart of what we do is giving back to the community in the form of these sorts of donations. We couldn’t be happier and more satisfied that the funds being donated are going to the best possible place. These guys do an amazing job and are making a real difference in our communities,” said Club President Karen Yates.
Representatives from the Rotary Club of Franklin Inc meet with members of the SSFI to hand over the $8000 cheque raised at last year’s Casino Night. Another casino night will be held in 2018, so keep an eye out for more information later in the year.