Beauty with a Purpose reigned supreme in New Zealand this year with over $60,000 raised by the contestants to help develop ‘home away from home’ family centre in Auckland.
The 13 finalists of Miss New Zealand 2016 collectively raised $40,000 in cash and received $25,000 worth of building materials to help build a sunken basketball court for the children and families who stay at the Ronald McDonald House (RMHC) in downtown Auckland, a support centre for families whilst their child receives care and treatment in a specialist hospital. They provide a warm and welcoming place to rest their heads, just moments away from their child.
A variety of inventive and successful events, from entertainment evenings to night markets ensured that the initial target of $30,000 was not only met, but blown away by the generosity of those involved. It was the most successful year for Beauty with a Purpose in New Zealand. Much of the fundraising took place in the premises of the RMHC, giving the contestants a chance to meet those who would benefit from the new developments.
Pamper Night -The contestants brought beauticians to RMHC for the mothers and they pampered the young kids with a manicure; make up that even Dad’s helped in painting the nails of their daughters!
Night Market - A successful night market, bags full of brand-new items donated by Just Jeans New Zealand, items collected from other sources such as bags, shoes, jewellery, winter clothing, lollies, chocolates, hats, etc. for all ages, men and women.
Entertainment Night - A night of entertainment! here’s Karla de Beer, Miss World New Zealand, teaching them how to draw.
Cook night - 85 RMHC residents being served that night.
After 2.5 hours of cooking, all ready to serve!
The CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities® New Zealand wrote to the Miss New Zealand Organization earlier this week to express their gratitude for their hardwork.
“From everyone here at Ronald McDonald House Charities® New Zealand (RMHC®)we want to extend our sincerest gratitude to all the Miss World New Zealand contestants for their hard work and fundraising efforts – it was truly amazing to see all of them get behind RMHC and our mission to create and support programmes that strengthen Kiwi families throughout their children’s medical journeys.
We believe that families are stronger when they are together. The generous cash donation of $40,000 from Miss World New Zealand in addition to the $25,000 of materials sourced from their fundraising activities will be used to build a basketball court at our House in Auckland. Every year over 2,300 families stay at our House in Auckland and the basketball court will, provide them with a place to be together and have fun during what can be an incredibly stressful time.
RMHC is very lucky to have supporters like the Miss World New Zealand contestants who go out of their way to make life easier for our families, thank you for your generosity and kindness. “
- Wayne Howett -
Chief Executive Officer -Ronald McDonald House Charities® New Zealand