Christmas time is finally here! It’s been a tough year for everyone with unprecedented lockdown levels, plus plenty of uncertainties and having to quickly adjust to new ways of living and working, but we made it through to the other side and whilst we had to put some plans on hold, we are looking forward to all that we have planned for 2021 and anyway – it’s good to have a challenge, right? We didn’t let lockdowns stop us, we converted to new ways of working and connecting with our Runway whanau and looking back, we’ve achieved quite a lot. Here are some of our highlights from 2020 (none of which would be possible without our generous community partners / corporate sponsors).
We Supported at least 40 children and youth from local schools.
We Hosted Parent Support Groups.
We Provided advocacy and counselling support for families in our ADHD community.
We Supported families in crisis, due to effects of Covid-19, through temporary essential care packages and connecting them to other essential services.
We Hosted an International Guest Speaker.
And Introduced Friday night Youth Support Groups for our Youth Programme students, including inspiring speakers.
Early this year Runway started a new initiative for vulnerable families in our community that were struggling with the effects of Covid-19 as we wanted to offer support by way of an initial care package and the opportunity to connect with local essential service partners, which consist of Chaplains, Pastors, Budgeting Services, Business Mentors and Counselling.
In May, two wonderful young volunteers joined our CEO and Youth Coach to deliver some treats (following H&S protocols of course) to some of our Runway families, to brighten their day after the stresses of lockdown, with those living more than 30 minutes away, receiving an alternative treat via post. We give a huge thank you to The Town Mouse in Pukekohe for helping us making the surprise so yummy!
In June, Runway hosted Cissi Hansson - Specialist ADHD Coach, from Sweden, conducting a Speaking Tour of NZ. Due to Covid lockdown, we were able to successfully adapt to an online event, where she spoke on How to Live Well with ADHD.
In November we implemented our first Annual Appeal which has (besides donations) increased our public awareness. We even set up our first Givealittle page: givealittle.co.nz/org/therunwayfoundation and with our appeal funds, we are hoping to put a further 20 participants through our ADDventurers programmes as there has been great demand for our services.
Kids Club and Youth Programme students having fun, learning, making friends and growing with us in 2020:
From Left to Right: Roger Tupu Tuia (Youth Coach), Terese Marr (CEO), Donna Valley (Office Administrator), Mellissa Gallichan (Kids Club Manager), Lorelei Turney (Counsellor)