Friendly battles for change

June 2018 – we’ll be back with Change Wars in 2019

Thank you to everyone who supported Change Wars 2018.

Collectively we raised over $6000 (with donations still coming in)!!
The money raised will help in providing vital services to children dealing with mental health issues.

Your donation and support will truly make a change. Thank you.

Look out for Change Wars back in 2019!

What is Change wars?

Change Wars (previously Jeans Day) is Napier Family Centre’s annual appeal. Once a year we go to the public, groups and local business community to seek support for the important work we do supporting vulnerable children and families in our own backyard.

Through some friendly competition (with someone you just have to beat) we want organisations across Hawke’s Bay to help us raise money for children’s mental health – which, let’s face it, is seriously underfunded and yet absolutely essential for children to become well adjusted, contributing members of our community.

How does it work?

You can register a business, workplace, school, team, group or even yourself, and for a bit of fun, find and opponent to go up against and raise as much as you can. Beat your opponent for bragging rights for the whole year!

We’ll support you and your fundraiser too! We can do shout outs on Facebook and in our communications to help promote your business and fundraisers. We’ll do as many as we can to really get Hawke’s Bay listening… so join us and let our community know it’s not OK for our children to be battling depression, anxiety and bullying. We can help them and we can put a stop self-harm and suicide!

Choose your battle:
You can choose any opponent you’d like or we can match you up with someone. Here are a few ideas if you fancy a bit of friendly competition:

  • Business vs Business (e.g cafe against restaurant, real estate agent against another agent)
  • Branch vs Branch
  • CEO vs Manager
  • Department vs Department


Not so keen on competition but want to support the cause?

That’s ok too, just register yourself and let us know what you’d like to do to raise money and we’ll do a shout out on our Facebook page.


How can I raise money?
If you’re stuck for ideas on how your workplace/team/organisation can raise money, here are a few to get you started:

  • Have a mufti day/jeans day and everyone donates a gold coin to participate
  • Collect small change donations from your customers/staff
  • Host a breakfast, lunch or party and charge people a cost to come
  • Ask your customers or staff if they’d like to donate $2,3 or 5 on top of their purchase/from their pay
  • Hold a silent auction
  • Choose an opponent you really want to beat, perhaps another branch of your organisation or someone you get on well with. Keep in touch with each other and let us know throughout the week who’s winning and we’ll promote your businesses and fundraisers too!

How do we donate our proceeds?

Donating the money raised couldn’t be easier thanks to SBS Bank!
You can drop off donations to either branch of SBS Bank in Napier or Hastings or you can transfer online to account number 031355 0669496 00 Alternatively, give us a call and we’ll send someone to pick it up!

Why support children’s mental health?

So let’s get to the guts of it; children with mental health issues really do need more support. Think of it like first aid for a wound that could turn nasty…

  • Did you know we see children as young as two who withdraw or struggle to learn when experiencing mental health problems?
  • Astonishingly New Zealand rates the highest in the developed world for young people ending their lives!
  • A quarter of our counselling clients are children and young people
  • The range of problems we see in youth is complex; anxiety, depression, bullying, self-harm or suicidal ideation are common
  • Services for children’s mental health problems are woefully underfunded in our region
  • Attending to mental health issues early will reduce the risk of safety concerns and suicide
  • Many young New Zealanders self-harm. About 20 young people require hospital treatment each week – this is preventable
  • Children as young as 10 end their own lives
  • With support, children experiencing mental health issues can live happier lives
  • The support they need is often as little as three counselling sessions – that’s less than $300 per child to improve their future!


OK, I’m in, what next? 

Register your business/organisation/team/group on facebook or by email or call us on 06 843 7280. All you need to do is let us know who you are and what you are doing and we’ll be in touch!

Thank you as always to our amazing sponsors, we couldn’t do this without you!

“Our mission is to provide services that help families along life’s journey. Our values of integrity, teamwork, innovation and compassion guide our actions and decisions.”