“Guest article writer Robert Hudson discusses which charities can put smiles on your faces”

CHARITIES THAT REALLY PUT A SMILE ON OUR FACES

From the mobile charitable dental clinics through to the organisations who make it possible for the public to donate oral healthcare products – New Zealand is facing up to the importance of literally bringing a smile to a child’s face.

The long-term benefits of the lower socioeconomic groups having access to dental healthcare cannot be overestimated.  Charities such as Revive a Smile and DCM Dental Clinic reach out to the public and professionals to volunteer donations of dental products or services to those in need.

There are touching stories of homeless elders who had been in pain for many years being helped by a simple tooth extraction.  These are the unfortunate overlooked who simply cannot afford any form of oral health routine on their current social benefits. 

It is widely thought that dental health is being treated as a luxury.  Currently, half of New Zealand’s population put off essential dental treatments because of cost.  The number of children hospitalised for preventable oral issues are on the increase.  Nutrition and oral hygiene should be on the school curriculums and have a higher profile in general until the problems are off-set. 

The impact of charities that focus on dental care for the homeless, victims of domestic violence, refugees, youth, low income adults and the elderly are truly working for the greater good.  The aim is to empower any impoverished to take control of their dental health and set them on the road to wellness. 

As Doctor Johay Amith of Dentaltoday states: Sometimes brushing and flossing are not enough.  It is important to use the time with any patient in the dentist’s chair to inform about the necessity of good nutrition.  Simply by anyone from the public donating a few oral healthcare products can give a dental care practitioner the chance to impart some tips about brushing techniques and the benefit of swapping out sweets for fruit to someone who is economically disadvantaged.

No one wants to have bad teeth and pain.  It is reassuring to know that there are charitable organisations active in New Zealand today who have recognised that dental care and re-educating about nutrition and oral hygiene are a basic human right with a worthwhile and invaluable impact for the generations of the future.

References:

https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/cost-dental-care-in-new-zealand-jim-andertons-unfinished-project

http://www.nzdentalcharity.org

https://www.onepercentcollective.org/stories/the-life-changing-chair

Voting is now open for 4good’s May 2018 Charity

Voting is now open!

Thank you for your donation this month. With your help we be able to give away funds to a worthy NZ charity next month!

So, who shall we give it to?

 

  1. Parents Centres New Zealand Inc #CC29159

At Parents Centres we believe that parenting is everything! We support parents through the early years, because great parents grow great children.

 

 

 

2. Toy Library Federation of New Zealand #CC44320

The Toy Library Federation of NZ is the national body to which individual toy libraries belong. We act as a support to new and existing not-for-profit toy libraries; offering information and support on all aspects of running a toy library, toy selection and the value of play.

 

 

3. Kidz Need Dadz #CC4851

​Supporting Dads supports the family and builds strong communities

Kidz Need Dadz was established to strengthen families by supporting and educating Dads, and the community on the importance of fathers being  involved in their children’s lives.

 

 

Choose one of these 3 charities to receive this money in June 2018 (Vote in the poll below before 5pm, 31 May 2018).

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4good Charity for April 2018……..

Thanks to all who voted for the charity to support in April 2018.

The NZ charity with the most votes from the 4good community in April is………

Whangarei Youth Space Trust #CC49653

About WYS

Whangarei Youth Space opened in 2014 in response to a need identified by Whangarei young people, and the wider community, for a safe, welcoming youth-focused space in central Whangarei.  The aim was to provide a place of belonging, easy access to support, development opportunities, and youth-specific health services.

Today, WYS attracts around 5500 visits annually to our social space, and provides around 1600 health consultations. We attract a diverse range of young people, with rangatahi Māori making up over 80% of our users.

We work on a model of a youth / adult partnership which sees young people aged 18 to 24 take 50% of the trustee roles on our board.  We also have around 30 young people each year who are actively involved in WYS in leadership roles.

 

Congratulations to this deserving charity.

Be safe and remember to not only be good but also give 4good!

From the 4Good team.

 

www.4good.org.nz

Voting is now open for 4good’s April 2018 Charity

Voting is now open!

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So, who shall we give it to?

Choose one of these 3 charities to receive this money in May 2018 (Vote in the poll below before 5pm, 30 April 2018).

 

YWCA Auckland

YWCA Auckland is a feminist organisation and part of a global movement of women leading change.

Every day we work hard to support young women in Auckland – and we advocate hard too, for a gender-equal future.

We want a world where the voices of all women are heard, respected and celebrated. A world where 100% opportunity for women and girls is simply the norm, not another negotiation.

 

 

 

Whangarei Youth Space Trust

Whangarei Youth Space provides free youth health and youth development services, programmes and activities for 12-24 yr olds in our city.

This is a safe and fun place where you can meet friends, get involved in what’s on, find a mentor, access health services and get education, training and employment support.

 

Whakatane Parents Centre Incorporated

Whakatane Parents Centre is affiliated with Parents Centre New Zealand and is one of over 50 Parents Centres in New Zealand.  Each Centre is organised by a local volunteer committee of parents who plan and run programmes and events to meet the needs of their community.


Our Mission Statement

Positive birth experiences and informed parenting in a community where parents are supported and highly valued in their role.

Vote below:

Which of these 3 charities has your vote for the charity we support in April 2018?

  • Whangarei Youth Space Trust #CC49653 (59%, 215 Votes)
  • Whakatane Parents Centre Incorporated #CC47121 (34%, 125 Votes)
  • YWCA Auckland #CC33917 (7%, 25 Votes)

Total Voters: 365

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4good Charity for March 2018……..

Thanks to all who voted for the charity to support in March 2018.

The NZ charity with the most votes from the 4good community in March is………

The Cancer Society Wellington Division

Every day 60 New Zealanders will hear the words “I am sorry you have cancer.” If you or someone you care about has cancer, if you want to help provide support, or reduce your own risk of cancer  – you have come to the right place.And if you want to talk – we are here to listen. No one should face cancer alone… with Cancer Society here, you won’t have to.

Congratulations to this deserving charity.

Be safe and remember to not only be good but also give 4good!

From the 4Good team.

www.4good.org.nz

Voting is now open for 4good’s March 2018 Charity

Voting is now open!

Thank you for your donation this month. With your help we be able to give away funds to a worthy NZ charity next month!

So, who shall we give it to?

Choose one of these 3 charities to receive this money in April 2018 (Vote in the poll below before 5pm, 31 March 2018).

  1. YMCA New Zealand #CC21153

We work with our communities to enable young people to reach their full potential. Our work is organised under three themes; Healthy Living, Social Responsibility and Youth Empowerment. Currently this includes supported accommodation; sport, recreation and fitness; children’s services; outdoor education activities; youth development; and youth education.

 

2. The Cancer Society Wellington Division #CC10067

Every day 60 New Zealanders will hear the words “I am sorry you have cancer.” If you or someone you care about has cancer, if you want to help provide support, or reduce your own risk of cancer  – you have come to the right place.And if you want to talk – we are here to listen. No one should face cancer alone… with Cancer Society here, you won’t have to.

 

3. C.A.R.E. Waitakere Trust #CC26583

CARE Waitakere Trust started as a dream in the hearts of a group of individuals who longed to see a social service agency in Te Atatu Peninsula. A particular need was identified for a professional counselling service which could offer high quality counselling to anyone in need of support, whether or not they were able to afford to pay the full fee. It was soon evident that there was also a great need for budgeting advice and support in the local community.

 

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Which of these 3 charities has your vote for the charity we support in March 2018?

  • The Cancer Society Wellington Division (53%, 20 Votes)
  • YMCA New Zealand (24%, 9 Votes)
  • C.A.R.E. Waitakere Trust (24%, 9 Votes)

Total Voters: 38

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Welcome to Lifehouse Trust

A welcome to Lifehouse Trust #CC51324

A charity that helps transform young people’s lives

The aim of Lifehouse is to reach out to, educate and support young men and women who are at risk emotionally, socially and in respect of their physical and psychological health. Lifehouse will create and establish frameworks of support and education to raise awareness around issues facing young women and men such as self-harm, addictions, suicide, eating disorders, unplanned pregnancy, depression, unemployment and poverty as well as other life issues and to assist young men and women to address and overcome those issues.

Welcome aboard and best of luck.

4good Charity for February 2018……..

Thanks to all who voted for the charity to support in February 2018.

The NZ charity with the most votes from the 4good community in February is………

Bellyful New Zealand Trust Board

Since 2009, Bellyful volunteers have delivered meals to families with newborn babies, and families with young children who are struggling with illness.  Particularly those lacking a good support network.

Having a few meals delivered by a friendly face can be a real sanity-saver. Congratulations to this deserving charity.

Be safe and remember to not only be good but also give 4good!

From the 4Good team.

www.4good.org.nz

Voting is now open for 4good’s February 2018 Charity

Voting is now open!

Thank you for your donation this month. With your help we be able to give away funds to a worthy NZ charity next month!

So, who shall we give it to?

Choose one of these 3 charities to receive this money in March 2018 (Vote in the poll below before 5pm, 28 February 2018).

  1. Hearing Dogs for Deaf People NZ #CC11184

OUR MISSION

“To enhance the independence and wellbeing of deaf and severely hearing-impaired New Zealanders, through the provision of specially trained Hearing Dogs to internationally recognised standards.”

 

2. Bellyful New Zealand Trust Board #CC46995

ABOUT BELLYFUL

Bellyful was ‘born’ out the desire to see families supported by their fellow community members.

What We Do
Bellyful cooks and delivers meals to families with newborn babies and families with young children who are struggling with illness, where there is little or no family or social support.

 

3. Youthline Auckland Charity Trust #CC21032

Youthline was created in 1970 and forms a collaboration of youth development organisations across the country.

Youthline works with young people, their families and those supporting young people. Our organisations are made up of volunteer and paid staff members – and we have centres based across the country.

We were established to ensure young people know where to get help and can access support when they need it.

Vote below:

Which of these 3 charities has your vote for the charity we support in February 2018?

  • Bellyful New Zealand Trust Board (72%, 282 Votes)
  • Hearing Dogs for Deaf People NZ (25%, 97 Votes)
  • Youthline Auckland Charity Trust  (3%, 13 Votes)

Total Voters: 392

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