October 16 2005
New Zealanders Urged To Take A Minute During Labour Weekend
New Zealanders around the country are being encouraged to take a minute this Labour weekend to think about ways that
they can give back to the community.
Robin Hood Foundation chief executive officer, Jude Manion, said Take A Minute is a national campaign that aims to get
people to take a minute out of their busy lives to think of a simple way that they can help make New Zealand a better
place to live. The idea is the brainchild of both the Robin Hood Foundation and Hubbard's.
"We've seen a lot of local and international disasters, crises and relief efforts in recent times. These sorts of things
can sometimes overwhelm people to the point of inertia where they simply don't know which way to turn in order to help.
"Take A Minute aims to get people to stop for one minute and think of at least one way that they can help their
community. The one minute approach makes it a lot more manageable for people and collectively makes a significant
contribution to the community.
"New Zealand has some pretty alarming statistics such an estimated half a billion plastic bags a year which create
landfills that take decades to break down. Also, one in four New Zealanders lack literacy skills and eight out of 10 of
us will need a blood transfusion during our lives."
Take a Minute, therefore, offers people a wide range of ideas that will make a difference. Some of the suggestions are
as simple as refusing plastic bags at the supermarket through to thinking about donating blood.
Jude said that it was fitting that as a labour of love, Take A Minute will officially get underway over Labour Weekend.
"However, it doesn't start and end during Labour Weekend," Jude said.
"Kiwis will be able to pick up new suggestions every day on how they can Take A Minute plus offer some of their own by
simply visiting the Hubbard's website - www.hubbards.co.nz or checking out the changing back of packs on some Hubbard's cereals."
Here are just a few suggestions to get you started:
In New Zealand, we use an estimated half a billion plastic bags a year, creating landfills that take decades to break
down. Decline plastic bags when you can
Every three minutes a family receives a food parcel from a foodbank. When you next do your grocery shopping 'Take a
Minute' and remember to buy an extra food item and place it in the supermarket's Foodbank donation bin.
Imagine not having your own bed to sleep in. Take a Minute to find out how you can drop off old sheets and blankets to
your local city mission.
One in four New Zealanders lack literacy skills. Take a Minute and call your local literacy Aotearoa office to
volunteer to help teach another adult to read.
Eight out of ten of us will need a blood transfusion during our life time. Take a Minute to find out how you can give