Charity receives helping hand from corporate volunteers

BNZ volunteers help fill back packs.
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BNZ volunteers help fill back packs.

A year's supply of backpacks were packed for a Silverdale-based charity in just one day, thanks to the help of some corporate volunteers.

In 2015 Anita Hinton established I Got Your Back Pack to provide women's refuges with backpacks filled with practical essentials for women and children escaping unsafe home lives. On August 23, BNZ staff worked on more than 550 community projects nationwide as part of their Closed for Good initiative.

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BNZ CEO, Anthony Healey (middle), BNZ volunteers and Matilda Rice help fill back packs for I Got Your Back Pack
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BNZ CEO, Anthony Healey (middle), BNZ volunteers and Matilda Rice help fill back packs for I Got Your Back Pack

In Auckland volunteers took part in 179 projects and BNZ chief executive Anthony Healy was thrilled to see such a diverse range of projects submitted.

"Community groups do some amazing work throughout New Zealand and we take real pleasure in being able to give back in this small way, whether it's by picking up a paint brush, planting native trees, providing budgeting advice, or running financial literacy workshops."

Hinton created I Got Your Back Pack after escaping an abusive relationship in the middle of the night, taking nothing but her young child with her. She now hopes to provide others in similar situations with a few creature comforts in those first few crucial days of leaving a relationship.

Anita Hinton, founder of I Got Your Back Pack (front middle), Anthony Healey, BNZ CEO (back middle) and BNZ volunteers ...
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Anita Hinton, founder of I Got Your Back Pack (front middle), Anthony Healey, BNZ CEO (back middle) and BNZ volunteers help make a difference to women and children in need

The Closed for Good volunteers achieved their goal of packing a year's worth of packs - 600 - in one day.

Other north Auckland projects included:

• Maintaining and developing the wildlife sanctuary at Shakespear Open Sanctuary Society

BNZ volunteers pack up the hall with stock for backpacks.
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BNZ volunteers pack up the hall with stock for backpacks.

• Delivering financial literacy support and general gardening at OutWest Youth

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• Cleaning and tidying at Red Beach Playcentre.

Completed back packs fill the Grey Lynn Library Hall
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Completed back packs fill the Grey Lynn Library Hall

 - Rodney Times

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