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Hi, I am the Auckland Co-ordinator as well as the Chairperson of Foster Hope which I started in 2010. I grew up in South Africa where my mum taught me the importance of helping others less fortunate.
When I found out about how some children arrive in foster care with only the clothes on their backs, I joined a friend to make up our first “Bears 2 Care” and then “Kits 2 Kids”. Since then, life certainly has been busy as I have 2 children, a business and have my fingers in a few more pies from Beanies for Africa to Project Jonah.
I love the difference that we’re making to so many vulnerable children. Starting Foster Hope has given me the opportunity to meet and learn from some awe-inspiring volunteers and social workers from all over the country. You may never know the difference you personally make to a child but I know that we are making ripples with the work we’re doing.
Hi, I joined Foster Hope in July 2012 and joined the board as Treasurer the following year. I grew up in the Far North before travelling extensively for 17 years. I met my husband in London and returned to the beautiful Bay of Islands were we are raising our three wonderful children.
As I became increasingly aware of the terrible problems occurring in some of our Northland communities and the poor unfortunate children caught up in these circumstances through no fault of their own I knew I wanted to help. I was drawn to the wonderful work Foster Hope does and the fact that it exists on minimal overheads I knew it was something I really wanted to persue. As Paul Spear Shane said “as one person I cannot change the world, but I can change the world of one person”.
I have a passion for working with young people and their families, particularly those challenged by disability or difficult circumstances, and I work in the disability field in Auckland. I have been a supporter of Foster Hope since its’ inception and currently I am the Auckland Transition co-ordinator and Board Secretary.
I joined Foster Hope in August 2013 and have recently taken on the role of Communications Manager. I’m a journalist by trade and I divide my time writing for lifestyle magazines, raising my three children and volunteering for Foster Hope and Hand Over a Hundy.
I spent four years working for another children’s charity in an executive role and was responsible for programme implementation, sponsorship, communications, training and fundraising. As the daughter of a foster child, I have a personal interest in the care and welfare of foster children and enjoys being able to lend a hand to such a wonderful and essential charity.
I see providing children with everyday items they can call their own when they are going through huge change as very empowering because this simple gift gives them a sense of security and a feeling of being cared for.
I joined Foster Hope in January 2016 as a Consultant after reading about Foster Hope on a Facebook post and got in touch offering to help.
I am highly entrepreneurial with a background in corporate finance, commercial law and business development. I currently own and operate an outdoor heaters manufacture and rental business and am a shareholder of and growth and finance consultant to two small businesses. I have charitable organisation governance experience on the National Executive of the Prostate Cancer Foundation of New Zealand in 2009-2010.
I have a strong desire to help vulnerable kids have the best opportunity at a positive and fulfilling life.
POSTAL & DELIVERY ADDRESS
Louise Allnutt (Chairperson)
63 Cliff Rd