Nelson Leader : January 15th 2015
FESTIVAL’S WINNING FORMULA THURSDAY, JANUARY 15, 2015 WHALE OF A TIME WHOLE LOTTA MEALS p12 Trust brings gifts and joy T By SAMANTHA GEE hree children from Nelson were acknowledged as the first StarPledge recipients in the South Island in a special ceremony by the StarBuddy Charitable Trust in Hope this week. Alfie Linn, 12, Abby Carter, 11, and Laura-Joy Allan, 11, were nominated by family and friends and were thrilled to be at the presentation and receive their gifts. For every $500 donated, the trust organises a StarPledge for a child who has been referred to them. For each pledge, $225 is donated to a charity or organisation associated with the child, $150 donated to the local St John ambulance and a gift is purchased by the trust. A special experience is also donated by a local company or organisation. A $225 donation was presented to Kidney Kids on behalf of Abby, Parent to Parent on behalf of Laura-Joy, and the Down syndrome parent support group on behalf of Alfie. The Nelson branch of St John received $450. The trust-purchased gifts included a Rockshop voucher for Alfie and Laura-Joy and a necklace for Abby. As a special treat, Abby and Laura-Joy were also given an annual children’s pass to Natureland Wildlife Zoo courtesy of Natureland and cricket-mad Alfie received a double pass to the p6 p8 ness of charities and groups that help children with special needs, severe illness and disability. It has already raised $12,500 with 25 children around the country receiving pledges and more nominations pending. StarBuddy Charitable Trust spokeswoman Joy Adams said she dreamed about the concept of the charity and woke up with a resolve to make it happen. She travels the country as a fulltime entertainer and had previously been involved with fundraising for other charities and organisations. For Joy, keeping it local was the key point of difference. ‘‘The thing that became appar- ent to me is that people like to support their own community and they like to see the money coming back to the area.’’ Joy said she talks with the fam- Star turn: Abby Carter, 11, left, Alfie Linn, 12, and Laura-Joy Allan, 11, right, chat with StarBuddy spokeswoman Joy Adams at the charity presentation in Hope this week. first ICC Cricket World Cup game at Saxton Oval courtesy of the Nelson Cricket Association. Laura-Joy’s mum Mandy Blades said her daughter had her eye on a glockenspiel at the Rockshop and was so excited about the annual pass to Natureland that Photo: ALDEN WILLIAMS they planned to visit the zoo the next day. The trust was set up in late 2014 to support and raise aware- ily of a nominated child in order to work out a gift, memorable experience and the most appropriate charity or organisation to receive the donation. As an entertainer, she said: ‘‘We encourage kids into music wherever possible.’’ She said the trust had been well supported since it was launched and to ‘‘watch this space’’ because it was well on its way to reaching the goal of $50,000 in donations in the first year. To donate towards a StarPledge or nominate a child, visit starbuddy.org.nz or contact Joy at email@example.com.
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