Kia ora team, long time no talk. Well compared to two and a half months ago anyway, when it felt like we were catching up every couple of weeks!

Firstly I hope you’ve all had a good weekend, Danielle, our little girl and I spent yesterday at Avalon Park which is so much cooler than any park or playground we’ve been to before that I’m not going to try and explain it, I’ll just post this pic of said little girl running through the tunnel that goes underneath the climbing wall/hill. You can’t really see the size of her smile, but trust me it was huge.

And now onto the Shoebox Christmas stuff.

Here’s a quick update from me on what’s been happening over the last couple of months.

Review of 2016

I’m catching up with our DHL helpers over the next couple of weeks to review what we need to do differently this year.

Thank you to everyone that filled out the survey I sent asking for your thoughts on what worked well and what didn’t – I’ll be using that information from you, combined with the review from DHL and BNZ to shape what 2017 looks like.

Making things easier

A good friend of mine is helping build a database system to manage the sign ups, and automate some of the admin stuff I spent way, way too long on last year – this is going to make things way, way, way easier this year and will mean I can spend more time making the project do more good things, for more good people, and less time trying to breathe under spreadsheet suffocation.
The database will be available on a smartphone app as well, which means you’ll be able to access all the info you need, right from that annoyingly-always-connected thing in your pocket or purse. It also means I’ll be able to spend less time re-sending emails with kid’s details etc on them. Win:win!

I’ve started going out to the schools we’re going to work with this year, and am hoping to have a finalised list with finalised numbers by April so that we know exactly how many more people we need signing up, and I can start that part of the project.

 

Wellington is (really) cool, but it’s not the only city in Aotearoa

I’ve been talking with a couple of awesome people in other areas that want to set the project up in their towns. I’ll be sharing the database system with them as well as the the lessons, tips, and traps I’ve learnt over the last few years, because the more cities with a Shoebox Christmas project, the more kid with smiles.
I’ll share more on that later on so we can all help spread the word to friends/family in those areas 🙂

So, all systems are go, lots going on, and lots being built to make more good things happen.

Talk soon!
Pera

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