26 october 2005
Barnardos prepares for Big Toddle - November 2005
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Michael Jones gets ready for the Big Toddle
Throughout November, young children around New Zealand will put their best foot forward for Barnardos Big Toddle.
“This is the first year that Barnardos New Zealand has organised the Big Toddle and it is shaping up to be the biggest,
brightest and best fundraising event for the under five’s in the country,” says Murray Edridge, the Chief Executive of
Barnardos New Zealand.
“The Big Toddle aims to get a record number of children walking their way to health and fitness while raising funds for
Barnardos community and family services as well as their own group.”
All groups of under-five-year-olds are welcome to join in the Big Toddle. So far 116 groups (with more than 5000
children) have signed on and are either organising their own Toddles or joining one of the Barnardos-hosted Big Toddles
being held in Auckland, Gisborne and Christchurch.
“The overriding aim of Barnardos is to work with children and families to ensure that children experience a cycle of
success through effective care, support and education,” says Murray.
“We are really excited to see the numbers of young children’s groups and their local communities keen to help us achieve
The money raised will help Barnardos continue to provide its child-focused services which include: home based support
for families under stress; parent education; supervision of contact visits between children and their non custodial
parents; and programmes for children affected by domestic violence.
Big Toddles will be held in:
Auckland at Cranwell Park, Henderson, on Friday, 11 November from 10.00am to 12.00 noon
(postponement date 18 November).
Gisborne at the Botanical Gardens on Tuesday, 15 November from 10.00am to 12.00 noon.
Christchurch at Queen Elizabeth II Park on Friday, 18 November from 10.00am to 12.00 noon.