2015 Autism

Autism New Zealand to benefit from the Grocery Charity Ball 2015

The beneficiary of the 2015 Grocery Charity Ball is Autism New Zealand, the pre-eminent provider of services and support for people on the Autism Spectrum and those who support them.

The Autism New Zealand branches are operated by volunteers with some offices employing field staff or support co-ordinators. Each branch offers various levels of support, including holiday programmes, music therapy, social skills programmes, coffee mornings, regular meetings with guest speakers, and pre-school support.

Donations are an important part in assisting this organisation to continue their work. Funding from the Grocery Charity Ball will go a long way towards helping Autism New Zealand achieve their goals.Autism and Asperger syndrome still remain as relatively unknown disabilities among the general population. Yet it is estimated that autism spectrum disorders are approximately four times as common as cerebral palsy and 17 times as common as Down's syndrome - touching the lives of over 40,000 people and their families throughout New Zealand.

An autism spectrum disorder is a life-long disability, but there are ways of alleviating some difficulties, especially if a child is diagnosed early and receives appropriate intervention early in life. Special education programmes and structured support can really make a difference to a child's life, helping to maximise skills and achieve full potential in adulthood.

The Trustees of The Grocery Charity Ball are proud to support this worthy cause. Trustee, Chairman Don Graham commented: "One person in 100 has an Autism Spectrum Disorder, so the opportunity for us to help fund Autism New Zealand as the 2015 Grocery Charity Ball beneficiary is heart-warming.”

The 2015 Grocery Charity Ball will be held in Auckland at The Langham on Saturday the 29th August, and with the appointment of another worthy beneficiary, it is likely to be a sell-out once again.

Make sure you secure your table at this ‘not to be missed’ event by confirming your booking with Jackie Coyne jackie@s2n.co.nz 0274 946 211 or Alex Mitchell alex@s2n.co.nz 0272 757 222 at S2N Events. Or make a pre-booking via our contact page.

Established in 2004, the Grocery Charity Ball is the premier event on the grocery industry’s social calendar, and directs the profits to charitable trusts in New Zealand. The annual event is held with the support of both Foodstuffs and Progressive, as well as the New Zealand Food & Grocery Council.

Over a Decade of Benefits for Charities

Every year, the Grocery Charity Ball Trust attracts nearly 700 people from the grocery industry to a gala occasion, the proceeds of which benefit an up-and-coming New Zealand charity.

The 2015 beneficiary is Autism New Zealand, the pre-eminent provider of services and support for people on the Autism Spectrum and those who support them. Sixteen branches located across New Zealand offer various levels of support, including holiday programmes, music therapy, social skills programmes, coffee mornings, regular meetings with guest speakers, and pre-school support.

In many of the years over the past decade, the recipients have benefited to the tune of more than a quarter of a million dollars and the Trustees of The Grocery Charity Ball are proud to have supported many worthy causes.

Twelve New Zealand charities have now benefited from the generosity of the industry since the Grocery Charity Ball Trust was set up in 2004. It is this generosity that has given these charities a huge hand up, enabling them to go on and achieve bigger and better things in the New Zealand community.

The Trust is seeking sponsorship for the 2015 Grocery Charity Ball and applications to be a beneficiary of the 2016 Grocery Charity Ball are open to any bona fide New Zealand-registered Charitable Trust.

Apart from the fun experienced by the many attendees at the annual Ball, the evening also acknowledges the grocery industry's leading achievers with a Lifetime Achiever Award.