Media Release 17 March 2016 

Another year of success for Skylight's life skills training programme

‘Travellers’ - a resilience programme run by Skylight, and supported by the Ministry of Health, has had another successful year thanks to continued support from the Warehouse customers in the central and eastern North Island region.

This is the fourth ‘add-a-dollar’ campaign in which the Warehouse has supported Skylight. Throughout March, customers have been asked at the checkout if they would like to add a dollar to their purchase. The 2016 Campaign raised $12,522 with 100% of these funds being donated to the Travellers initiative.

This year we have recruited 32 Schools which belong to the Central and Eastern North Island region sponsored by the Warehouse. These Schools now have a total 61 staff trained facilitators of the Travellers Programme and total 1,226 students completed the online survey.

Skylight Chief Executive Heather Henare says 2016 will bring opportunities for many more schools and students to get involved with the programme.

‘Travellers’, using the metaphor, “life is a journey”, supports young people aged 12-14 years to identify, develop and access the resources they need to travel well through life. As the programme progresses through eight sessions, each young person’s life becomes a visual representation through the use of stickers, symbols and words or statements of feelings and thoughts experienced in different situations. “The sessions are designed to be fun, interactive and educational” Heather says.

Continued sponsorship from the Warehouse means that schools throughout the Region have been able to access the Travellers programme for their students.

One teacher commented – “We live in a small rural community with students who would benefit greatly through this programme. Some are in care of family members and have already experienced more than any child should. Giving them skills to reflect on their lives is valuable in helping them move forward. It is an important support system we can offer our students as they transition the many stages of life.”

Regional Manager John Basson says “It is pleasing to see the number of schools and students that have benefited from the generosity of our customers. Region 5 is particularly passionate about community involvement and it is great that the funds raised are making a difference to the lives of families and young people within our local communities”

Stores involved in the fundraising campaign include Taupo, Tokoroa, Whakatane, Tauranga Central, Fraser Cove, Papamoa, Rotorua, Gisbourne, Hastings and Napier.

More information on our Travellers programme can be found at: travellers.org.nz or by contacting

Skylight Chief Executive Officer Heather Henare

0211965977 or 04 9396767

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