As part of this week’s RWNZ National Council meeting, we invited some of our stakeholder group supporters, sponsors and professionals we work with to join us for an early evening get together.
Included among the guests were the Minister of Women’s Affairs Hon. Jo Goodhew, senior police inspector Morris Cheer, Land and Water Forum chairman Alistair Bisley, Freedom Camping Forum chair Geoff Ensor, and Government and community relations manager Peter Fa’afiu of New Zealand Post.
We decided to make best use of this networking opportunity by including a ‘speed dating’ event. Several national councillors and staff gave three minute informative presentations on some of our key projects and policy campaigns. There were many questions and comments afterwards and guests said it really helped them appreciate the broad nature of our organisation and depth of our advocacy and charitable activity.
Topics covered included our Canterbury fundraiser – Aftersocks; RWNZ’s response to the PSA outbreak in Bay of Plenty (community action); RWNZ on the world stage (attending U.N. CEDAW and supporting ACWW); Pets as Pawns (RWNZ as social change agents); School bus safety and making better use of disused rural school buildings; ‘Caring Counts’ and RWNZ’s 70 year campaign for fair travel costs reimbursement for rural home support workers.
It was 21 minutes very well spent!
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