It’s amazing what a group of passionate parents can achieve. After years of weekly travel to Hamilton or Wellington to seek specialised education and physical rehabilitation for their children a small group of mums and dads embarked on a journey to establish their own Conductive Education centre in 2014.
Three years later Conductive Education Taranaki is up and running at Westown Primary School in New Plymouth and the motivated group is again looking forward and thinking big and have established a fund with Te Karaka Foundation to help meet their goals for long term sustainability and growth.
“Established Conductive Education centres around New Zealand have historic government funding contracts for facilities, staffing and equipment but we’ve had to fundraise, market, advocate and fight for our children to have a local centre,” says parent and CE Crusader Craig Neilsen.
Conductive Education is an educational system, based on the work of Hungarian Professor András Pető, that has been specifically developed for people who have motor disorders. The Taranaki centre has a role of 20 preschool and primary aged children from around the mounga, a Conductor and Assistants, in addition to numerous volunteers.
“It would be great to be reaching more children, more often and grow our programmes for a wider range of ages and abilities instead of a continual focus on fundraising month in month out,” says Nielsen.
“The beauty of a fund with Te Karaka is that funds are invested forever and only the income is granted each year with the capital remaining intact so generation after generation can enjoy the benefits,” says Te Karaka Foundation Chair Ken Horner.
“We were impressed with the community foundations model as it will not only ease the fundraising burden for the future but also provide our supporters with a way to give once to help many times over,” says Nielsen.