NEWS AND MEDIA
TRIBUT IN MEMORY OF DAVE CHING – posted Friday 11th August 2017
NZFCE were delighted to host the Cerebral Palsy Society recently who wanted to formally recognise the tremendous contribution that Dave had made to people with Cerebral Palsy.
The skies opened on the day and it was pouring with rain – but luckily it stopped just at the right moment for Dave’s wife Helen and Anthony Smith (Life Member of NZFCE and Board Member of the Cerebral Palsy Society) to plant the tree.
The plaque reads
In memory of Dave Ching
For his dedication to people with Cerebral Palsy, the establishment of Conductive Education
and enhancing education in the Addington community.
It was a wonderful opportunity to meet with the Society’s National Board some of whom came to Christchurch to mark the event.
We know that Dave would be thrilled to be recognised by the Society in this way and we look forward to the tree and Conductive Education continuing to flourish!
WAYNE SMITH SPEAKS TO RADIO NZ’S KIM HILL ABOUT HIS INVOLVEMENT WITH ROTL & CONDUCTIVE EDUCATION
ROTL SPORT STARS GALA DINNER – posted 22 MAY 2017
Come Join us in Auckland for an evening you won’t forget. Our MC Laura McGoldrick and Sporting greats, Chris Harris, Stu Wilson, Jenny May Coffin, and Scott Styris are just a few of the stars who will sit in the hot seat to be interviewed by Ben Hurley. Click on the link below for the details and make contact to book your table.
Click here to book your table https://www.eventfinda.co.nz/2017/sporting-stars-gala-dinner/auckland/glendowie
ROTL TAUPO GOLF TOURNAMENT – posted 22 MAY 2017
Play golf with sporting greats former All Blacks Andy Earl, Bernie McCahill, Ian Kirkpatrick, Sir Brian Lachore and former Lions Peter Winterbottom, Roger Utterly, Shane Byrne, Roger Arneil and Former Black Cap Chris Harris. Raising funds for Conductive Education. Click on the link below for further details.
ROTL WEBSITE – 24 May 2017
Our website is live! Check it out and see where you can join us along the trail. Let the Adventures begin!
ROTL – HOW CAN WE HELP? – 1 May 2017
We have lots of lovely requests from people wanting to contribute to the Ride Of The Lions Campaign. Yes you can help by donating to our EveryDay Heroes Page. Please click on the link below and it will direct you to our page, follow the instructions to donate. We at The New Zealand Foundation for Conductive Education would like to thank you for your support.
COMING OF AGE CELEBRATION – September 2016
The past, present and future of Conductive Education in New Zealand was the subject of the day, at the ‘Coming of Age Celebration’ in Christchurch.
It was 25 years ago that Conductive Education was launched in New Zealand by a group of enthusiastic parents. Since then, Conductive Education has continued to grow and evolve to suit the needs of people with a range of disabilities, from birth through to adult years.
It was wonderful to have our celebrity Ambassadors in attendance, our Patron Wayne Smith, past All Black and current Assistant All Black Coach, Chris Harris, past Black Cap and Laura McGoldrick, Media personality and Actress.
The day began with a recital from the Addington pre-school ukalele choir and an official welcome by The New Zealand Foundation of Conductive Education Chairperson, Trudy Heath. Trudy then revealed the fresh look Logo and the Website which was received with great enthusiasm by the attending, past and present families, sponsors and media.
The guests were then treated to a fun obstacle course event, designed from the equipment and programs that the students have in our preschool and primary school units. There were two teams, “Smithy vs Harry”! Smithy’s team included Gary Endacott and students from Conductive Education units and Harry’s team included Laura McGoldrick and students from the Conductive Education Units.
Simeon Park was filled with the sounds of laughter and cheering as our confident celebrities clumsily made their way through the challenging course. It would be fair to say that our Conductive students had the advantage from being familiar with the course and obstacles laid out.
There was time to take the opportunity to have a chat, reconnect and even have a photo or two taken with our Ambassadors. We then made our way back to the Conductive unit to enjoy a lavish afternoon tea.
It was a perfect spring day in Christchurch and we had an exciting afternoon. It was wonderful to see so many of our families together again, chatting, catching up with each other and sharing stories of their times at Conductive Education.
The day drew to a close with the last of the families leaving. There was a sense of triumph in the air. Not only for the positive way in which our fresh look was received but also because the numbers that turned up far exceeded expectations. It was clear that Conductive Education has had a positive impact in the lives of those who came and for many of those who could not make it.
Conductive Education in New Zealand continues to evolve and there are exciting times ahead.