April 2011 | Certus Trust funds our new gadgets!
Odd Socks are the lucky recipients of $2,000 of support from Certus Trust to help buy gadgets for our Technology & Communication (T&C) Toolbox. The T&C toolbox means we can make sure we are communicating bilingually (NZSL and English) on this website, in emails, on face book and other social media channels.
The team now has two new wi-fi/internet capable phones and a snazzy portable HD camera to record video messages to and by the Deaf and signing communities. We can’t wait to get started so thanks to Bob Bishop and the trustees of Certus Trust.
The biggest thanks would have to go to the brave Treasurer, who is based in Christchurch, and had to risk life and limb to retrieve the Trust’s cheque book from the red zone – we are very thankful and our thoughts remain with our mainlander families and friends who are still affected by shaky ground.
Odd Socks ♥ Christchurch.
September 2010 | Odd Socks’ Darryl Alexander wins AMP Regional Scholarship (Wellington/Kapiti)
Way back in May 2010 both Odd Socks directors (Darryl and Nicola) applied for a DO YOUR THING! Regional Scholarship.
DO YOUR THING! is a wonderful opportunity for individuals to a make a bid for financial support for their own personal goal or ambition. It’s backed by AMP but each regional award is actually sponsored by a local business.
The Wellington/Kapiti region is sponsored by the good folk at STEP Financial Services – now if anyone knows the value of money it’s got to be financial managers rights?!
There were 167 applications from Wellington/Kapiti and Darryl Alexander made it to the final four.
Darryl (with volunteer interpreter Rachel McKee) attended a panel interview with STEP Financial so they could find out more about Darryl’s ambitions for Odd Socks Productions.
Then on Wednesday 8 September, Darryl, his wife Sara, Nicola and Meg attended the AMP Scholarship Awards evening to find out who was the winner of the $5,000 scholarship.
The awards evening was held at the Gear Homestead in Porirua – and wow what a view!
They munched on some nice canapes, drank some lovely wine and met some great people. The three other finalists (Jayne Parsons, David Herman and Mark Davey) all had inspiring goals and ambitions too so the competition was fierce and really everyone deserved to win… but success was with Odd Socks as Darryl was announced the Wellington/Kapiti Regional Winner!
Darryl has put the funds towards Odd Socks’ operating costs for the next year. So Odd Socks wants to say a big WOOHOO and THANK YOU to STEP Financial Services – Joe, Viv, Suzanne, Murray, Bob and the rest of the team.
Our hosts ensured the event was Deaf accessible by providing not one but two NZSL interpreters for the ceremony – thanks Alan and Rosie!
Odd Socks Productions now has the financial support it requires to get the business and charitable trust established and hey we got a HUGE cheque too!
You can check out more photos from the night on the AMP facebook page.