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Louise Burnie
Louise BurnieChairperson

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, 2 very different businesses and have my fingers in a few more pies from Beanies for Africa to running a Community Fruit Stand.

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.

Debbie Sutcliffe
Debbie SutcliffeTreasurer

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 pursue.

As Paul Spear Shane said “as one person I cannot change the world, but I can change the world of one person”.

June Matthews
June MatthewsSecretary

June came across Foster Hope when one of her sisters started fostering, and she realised how many children arrive in care with so little. It really pulled at her heart strings and she’s excited to be involved. She has seen first-hand how much of a difference the backpacks make, and also the pyjamas! She is the Operations Manager for Neos Systems, an IT company in Lower Hutt, and also has two young children, Lily and Luke.

In any downtime, she enjoys learning to sail, and wining and dining with her family and friends.

The Wellington branch covers the Lower North Island which includes New Plymouth and Hawkes Bay, and all the way up to Gisborne.