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Christmas made easier for South Auckland families with AH+ donations

The staff of Alliance Health Plus (AH+) PHO have made a large donation of items to ease the burden for South Auckland families this Christmas.

For the past three weeks, donations have been flowing in from AH+ staff, with all proceeds going to Family Start Manukau. The trust provides a home visiting programme that focuses on improving children's growth and health, learning and relationships, family circumstances, environment and safety. It helps families/whanau who are struggling with challenges that make it harder to care for their baby or young child. With Christmas being the toughest time of year for most families, the AH+ team sought to ease the burden.

“We believe that they [Family Start] are doing an awesome job out in our communities. Our values as a PHO mesh well with Family Start, so we decided this year we would donate instead of running an in-office secret Santa” says AH+ CEO Wayne Williams.

“I just can’t believe the generosity of the team at AH+. We totally did not expect this! Our families out there, are really struggling as Christmas nears. These donations will go a long way in making a big difference” says Colleen Fakalogotoa.

The donation drive was such a hit, that staff in adjacent offices where AH+ is located offered to donate as well. “It was awesome to see what the team downstairs at AH+ were doing and we felt that we would chip in. We usually do a money run around the office to donate, but I think we might start doing the same as Alliance Health Plus” says Shelly Witehira from Watts and Hughes.

The Family Start team broke into song as a thank you to the AH+ staff for having donated canned food, children’s toys, cleaning products, clothing, homeware and other long-life food products.

Family Start are open to donations and are located at 11 Dalgety Drive, Wiri. Ph 0800 78 278.

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