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THE LINDSAY FOUNDATION
The Downlights team whole heartedly thanks the Lindsay Foundation for the use of our beautiful van "ticket" which enables us to transport our crew around to events and so much more.
Recreate NZ launched the MOXIE (Meaningful Opportunities X’ing Into Employment) initiative in 2016. MOXIE is a series of projects that provide skill-based training and meaningful work experience for youth with disabilities who are leaving the schooling system with vastly limited opportunities. The programme aims to equip school leavers with the skills needed to transition into employment and works in collaboration with established businesses to enable practical industry based learning.
MOXIE is going from strength to strength with the initiatives and opportunities they are offering the young people, one example of this is the collaboration with Downlights NZ. By partnering with Downlights NZ, the programme is empowering young people to develop self-determination, control over their lives and a sense of achievement and purpose. The participants are encouraged to do their own planning and contribute their thoughts to the business, whilst also being supported to master the skills needed to work in this industry. This is hugely beneficial as it gives the young people drive for the work they are doing and encourages a sense of ownership over their work.
THE LUCY FOUNDATION
Established in 2014, The Lucy Foundation (TLF) is a Kiwi social enterprise that is transforming the global coffee industry through inclusive, ethical, and environmentally regenerative trade.
TLF's first project is based in Pluma Hidalgo, Oaxaca, Mexico, where they are working with indigenous coffee-farming families and disabled people to regenerate the environment while developing a culture of inclusivity and empowerment through the production of specialty Pluma coffee beans. The coffee is shipped to Aotearoa New Zealand by John Burton Ltd, and lovingly roasted by Able Coffee Collaborative - both organisations who also support disability rights, inclusion and diversity. Together with their partners, TLF have helped to create what is believed to be the world's first entirely inclusive value chain of coffee - from farmer (Mexico) to consumer (Aotearoa). Not only is their coffee delicious (2020 cupping score of 86), but it also cares for people and the environment.
The best way to support TLF is to purchase their coffee for your home and workplace. For every 1kg of coffee sold, $5 is donated back into disability rights projects. And if coffee isn't your thing, TLF also accepts donations through their website: www.thelucyfoundation.com
“Social Gifting” is a unification of three social enterprise organisations, Mummy’s Yummys Homebaking, Our Harvest and Downlights NZ. The inspiration for this concept was born in 2018 with our vision to improve the lives and confidence levels of young people with intellectual disabilities by offering workplace programmes. The result, was a symbiotic relationship with a heartfelt point of difference that we hope that you will join us in supporting as you buy a gift for loved ones this festive season.
Mummy’s Yummys Homebaking was a dream that founder Ann-Marie Nicholas waited 25 years to pursue whilst she worked in sales roles and raised 2 children. After years of baking countless delectable slices and biscuits for her family, the churning idea of developing a quality home baking business with real ingredients for busy families, led to the launch of Mummy’s Yummys Homebaking. Ann-Marie, her husband Darren and their team are now supplying a range of biscuits, slices, and Christmas fare to hundreds of clients, corporates as well as café’s and notably, supply a range to Farro. This Christmas season the baking and packaging of yummy delights will be assisted by the MOXIE crew for the launch for “Social Gifting’s” inaugural corporate gift offers.
The second company to join this trio is Downlights NZ. Downlights NZ is a New Zealand owned and operated fragranced soy candle company that manufactures luxury candles using traditional artisanal techniques. Our candles are lovingly hand poured and the entire manufacturing process supports the development of a variety of workplace skills for people with Downs syndrome amongst other disabilities. Two limited edition Christmas fragranced candles (Noel & French Pear) in timeless crystal cut glass will add a touch of luxury to your festive table setting this year. Downlights tagline: illuminate-care-change embodies the essence of the offer, hoping to ‘illuminate’ and light the way by creating jobs and showing ‘care’ as a community by offering opportunities to learn new skills. We hope that one day, this will pave the way for ‘change’ that leads to greater acceptance for individuals with disabilities to be placed and valued in today’s growing workforce.
The threesome becomes whole with ‘Our Harvest’ – growing goodness together, a social enterprise created by Recreate NZ. For the past 17 years Recreate NZ has been committed to creating life changing opportunities for youth with disabilities and support to their families. ‘Our Harvest’ was born through the MOXIE programme (Meaningful Opportunities X-ing into Employment), that allows youth with intellectual disabilities to gain horticulture skills through our orchard and gardening projects. The harvested produce is then made into delicious ‘Our Harvest’ jams, relishes and preserves. All ‘Our Harvest’ products are spray free, locally grown and made by our youth with love. ‘Our Harvest’, in collaboration with Downlights and Mummys Yummys has created further opportunities for young people with intellectual disabilities to grow in confidence, develop new skills and ultimately, grow goodness together.
The dynamic trio have three Christmas Corporate offers for 2019 with an expanding range for 2020.
We invite you to partner with us and support this initiative by sending a heartfelt thank-you to friends, family and work colleagues this festive season with a premium quality gift box that truly embodies the classic saying: “the gift that keeps on giving”.