Who are you and what do you do in your day-to-day job?

I am Anna and I work in the GIS Claims Recoveries team based in Wellington.  

Who did you help today?

The North Porirua Care Centre (NPCC). Every Thursday evening and Saturday morning I take a PraiseMoves© class and donate 100% of my class proceeds to NPCC (participants pay $10 per class).

Why did you choose them?

NPCC is an incredible organisation that provides free social work and counselling services to the wider Porirua community with a particular focus on providing for those who are unable to access other funded services or who simply 'fall between the cracks'. 

They rely solely on donations and fundraising in order to operate. I am in constant awe of the work they do for our community and this is my small way of being able to help them. 

What did you do?

Last year I became a certified PraiseMoves© instructor after being a class participant for a few years. Becoming an instructor and taking weekly classes was a way for me to raise money for NPCC on an ongoing basis.

During the school term I hold two classes per week, and one class per week during the school holidays.  

What did you enjoy most?

I love seeing my participants health, strength and flexibility increase over the weeks while also knowing the funds generated are going to provide help those who are most in need and vulnerable within my community. 

What did you learn from the experience?

I have learnt so much in my relationship with NPCC, in particular what a valuable service they provide to the community by filling the gaps. And on another level I have learnt that I can bend my body in ways I didn't previously know was possible and I have a feeling this may be the same for many of my participants! 

How can I help?

For more information on the amazing work they do you can check out their website, and if you would like to discuss ways you can donate or assist, please contact manager@npcc.org.nz.

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We'd love to hear your stories about wonderful organisations, amazing people, and initiatives in your community. Tag them in the comments and tell us what makes them special.

This December we want to celebrate all those generous and kind-hearted people out there who contribute to the greater good, give their time and help others. Here at MAS, each staff member is given one day per year to give back to community. They pitch in for a wide variety of organisations and causes and we'll share their stories as our #masforgood advent calendar.

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