phil&teds is a business that prides itself on ‘punching above it’s weight’ – a sustainable business that enables parents to escape nursery prison and live a life without limit. We align & identify ourselves with organisations like the Surgical Research Trust. The Trust embodies similar characteristics and gusto – being mighty, ‘Kiwi and seeking to make a positive difference to the world!
phil&teds has been in partnership with New Zealand’s Surgical Research Trust for the past four years, and has just signed up for another two years. We asked our phil&thropic leader, Nicola Cloherty, why the trust is so important to phil&teds and why she became a trustee: ‘We’re their main sponsor and are proud that we’ve aided $120K worth of research that not only helps the New Zealand community, but the medical world at large. This is the third year that the Wellington Phoenix Football Club has supported the Trust, and the phil&teddy bear programme – we’re eternally grateful, and the parents love it too.’
‘Luckily, when I joined phil&teds over four years ago, my role entailed managing our philanthropy programme. I love that the generosity of our ‘chief cook and bottle washer’ (CEO) aids research that evokes positive change! A few years back, research funded by the Trust, found the reasons behind an influx of burns cases in Christchurch. Christchurch council had increased the temperature of the water, and residents were getting scolded – not good. Without the funding and research, these cases may have continued to grow, and remained a mystery. I’m so proud to be the phil&teds ambassador and a trustee – it’s great to make a difference! At phil&teds we’re currently running an ‘in-house boot camp’, too. Our phil&teds heads pay $5 a session, to essentially be tortured by a fellow phil&teds head (he is a qualified personal trainer!!) with gruelling exercise – it’s a great way to get fit and make some more money for the Surgical Research Trust.’
A special thanks to the Phoenix boy’s for their attendance and assistance with handing out the phil&teddy’s on the day - Hamish Watson, Jason Hicks, Luke Adams, Alex Rufer, Leo Bertos & Louis Fenton – they did a sterling job and made a lot of little and big faces smile! We wish them the best of luck for the rest of the season! To see all of the pics, be sure to check out the Surgical Research Trust facebook page to view the full album, and give their page a ‘like’ while you’re there.