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  • Can you be a Christmas angel?     20 December 2016
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    Thanks to the generous donations of gifts and treats, over 500 children of prisoners will have a brighter Christmas this year through Pillars Christmas appeal. But what these children really need for the coming year is the life changing gift of a mentor. This festive season we are aiming to get more children off our waiting list for a mentor to be their stable, consistent, positive and caring role model. What a gift for the new school year ! Every dollar you donate goes towards another child coming off that waiting list. Each mentoring match costs around $3,000 to recruit, train, match and support a volunteer mentor to work with a child for a year. We want to get 20 more children their own mentor in the next school year, can you help us?

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  • Darryn's Story     29 September 2016
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    Darryn wanted to share his story so other children like him could get a mentor. Darryn is 14, loves his family, friends, his new school and most of all rugby league, his passion. But two years ago things were looking really different after his Dad went back to prison again. Then along came his Pillars mentor Puneet. Check it out, and see what an impact a consistent, stable and positive role model can make on the life of a child that is struggling and tempted to go down pathways that would see them following their parent's footsteps into prison. View Darryns story at: http://www.newshub.co.nz/tvshows/story/wannabe-gang-member-turns-his-life-around-with-help-from-stranger-2016092919

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  • My Journey - an art exhibition created by Children of Prisoners     28 September 2016
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    Children of prisoners with the support of their Pillars mentors have created an art exhibition to mark Children of Prisoner's Week. The exhibition is called My Journey and brings their voices to our awareness. Through their art works we see these children have hopes, dream, fears and ideas like all children. We see that we need to support them to be the people they are destined to be - not our future prisoners.

    Pillars ambassador Miriama Kamo shares her thoughts on the exhibition and how we can all do something to support these children. Take a look.

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  • Children of Prisoner's Week launched today     28 September 2016
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    Children of Prisoner's Week was launched in Auckland today with an event hosted with the support of the Spark Foundation called Breakfast without Bars at Spark City. MC Ward Kamo hosted a programme of inspiring speakers including Darryn whose mentor made a big impact on his life. More on Darryn's story later in the week. Every dollar you donate goes towards more boys and girls like Darryn who have a Mum or Dad in prison being able to have the gift of a Pillars mentor. We have 10 boys just like Darryn right now in South Auckland waiting for mentors but we need your support to make it happen.

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  • Fighting for Pillars      26 June 2015
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    Pillars Ambassador, Dave Letele aka 'Brown Buttabean' may fight hard in the ring, but his greatest fight was as a child when his Dad went to prison. Dave's Dad was a president of the Mongrel Mob and if it were not for great mentors and friends in his life, family support and sports like Rugby League that kept him focused, things could have been very different. Dave saw many of his peers go to prison as adults and in adult life Dave faced some hardship resulting in obesity and associated depression. He entered the ring in a corporate boxing match to help him refocus and lose weight. Dave has lost a staggering 80kg in one year and now motivates others through his online support group Buttabean Motivation.

    Dave is helping Pillars to raise awareness in the community that children of prisoners need support, not to be stigmatised for a situation that is not their fault. Dave is fighting hard to help others like him get the support they need to live positive lives. He is not afraid to get in the charity ring and tell it like it is and we are so grateful for his support, as are the 20,000 or more kiwi kids who have Mum or Dad in prison right now.

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