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Foundation supporter of 'A Children’s Christmas’ initiative


Forsyth Barr is delighted to continue its support of the ‘A Children’s Christmas’ initiative.

In 2018 we became a Foundation supporter of the initiative, and got right behind its aim of making a difference to the lives of children experiencing hardship across the Hawke's Bay and Wairarapa communities. The goal was to bring some joy to children who might not otherwise receive a gift at Christmas.

The Foundation has given over 18,000 Santa Sacks since its inception. The gifts are long-lasting, educational and active items specifically chosen for age groups from toddlers to teenagers.

This year’s gifts include STEM-based (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) kits from Kiwi Co., ‘Pass it Forward’ sports balls, and books from various New Zealand authors. The Kiwi Co. kits celebrate kids’ natural creativity and curiosity while making it fun, easy, and  for families to spend time building and exploring together. Not only will these gifts bring a little joy at Christmas but these gifts will help families with getting their kids outdoors, and help kids ease the transition back to school.

Each year Forsyth Barr’s Napier and Havelock North teams are joined by firefighters, police and volunteers from a range of charities for the big packing event. This year an estimated 3,300 Santa sacks will be delivered. 

Foundation supporter of 'A Children’s Christmas’ initiative