Message from the Chairman

The Jassy Dean Trust has been sup­port­ing sick Wai­heke Island chil­dren since 1994, two years after our teenage daugh­ter, Jassy, died from Meningo­coc­cal Meningitis.

I believed that some­thing pos­i­tive could come from the tragedy of Jassy’s death. In grat­i­tude of the love and assis­tance that my fam­ily and I received from the Wai­heke com­mu­nity dur­ing that time of grief I began research­ing the idea of pro­vid­ing a per­ma­nent sup­port net­work for sick Wai­heke chil­dren and their fam­i­lies. This cul­mi­nated in nine found­ing trustees sign­ing the Trust Deed in 1994 and the Jassy Dean Trust was born. The Trust’s work is a way to cel­e­brate Jassy’s life and to help other Wai­heke fam­i­lies and chil­dren who may require assis­tance at a time of cri­sis through acci­dent or ill­ness, or who need on-going sup­port as a result of acci­dent or illness.

The Trust has helped hun­dreds of local fam­i­lies in many ways… orga­nis­ing assis­tance around the home, pro­vid­ing emer­gency med­ical equip­ment, as well as respite care when needed. Through the Trust, local med­ical cen­tres issue 'emergency packages' with emergency cash, phone card and taxi vouch­ers, along with Fullers’ sponsored ferry tick­ets amount­ing to approx­i­mately $10,000 per year. These 'emergency packages' are made avail­able to fam­i­lies in emer­gency sit­u­a­tions when they need to take a sick child to Auckland.

We are also pro-active in deliv­er­ing pre­ven­ta­tive and edu­ca­tional pro­grammes to fam­i­lies by spon­sor­ing par­ent­ing courses. We have an ongo­ing com­mit­ment to sup­port com­mu­nity agen­cies and pro­grammes that directly involve the well­be­ing of Wai­heke kids and their families.

We raise funds and we give them away. Our major fundrais­ing effort is an annual Gar­den Festival, where mem­bers of our local com­mu­nity gen­er­ously open up their beau­ti­ful prop­er­ties for a week­end spec­ta­cle of pub­lic viewing. Please come and join us over the second weekend of November for a weekend of fun on Waiheke Island.  

We very much appreciate the generous support of our community.   Please consider volunteering or making a donation to have a positive impact on a child's life.  One hundred percent of donations received are allocated to supporting Waiheke families. 

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Best Wishes

Greg Dean