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The Cause Collective CEO, Rachel Enosa has been awarded a Barnados Life Membership for her significant and long-lasting contribution to the organisation’s work.

Ms Enosa, who served on the Barnados Board, recently stepped down from her role after seven years.

“This recognition is a significant honour and recognition for our Pacific communities. The work Barnados does and continues to do is important in Aotearoa and I am incredibly humbled by this,” says Enosa.

As part of celebrating Barnardos’ 50th AGM, three life memberships were awarded to individuals who have made a significant and long-lasting contribution to the organisation’s work. Along with Rachel Enosa, the other two included past Chief Executives Murray Edridge and Jeff Sanders.

Outgoing Board member Rachel Enosa, CEO of The Cause Collective, the South Auckland Pacific social change agency, was also awarded a Barnardos Life Membership, recognising her service to the Barnardos Board.

2019 marks a significant milestone for Barnardos, as it is the 50th year since our organisation was formally established as an incorporated society in New Zealand. Today at Barnardos we continue working towards the vision of ‘An Aotearoa New Zealand where every child shines bright’.

“Every day, we are working to build communities throughout Aotearoa where children and young people are nurtured and supported to reach their full potential. This is no small task,” says Barnardos Chief Executive Mike Munnelly. “Too many children and young people in Aotearoa are impacted by family poverty and income inequality, violence and abuse, poor mental health, and a lack of the basics, such as safe and healthy housing,” he says.

In the past year Barnardos provided centre-based and home-based early learning services to over 3,300 children, helping support children in their crucial early years of life to develop and learn. Our 0800 What’s Up? helpline answered 19,134 calls and web chats from children and young people. We helped 24,275 children, young people, and caregivers through our face-to-face Child and Family Services.

Alongside delivering these direct services, in the past year Barnardos’ Advocacy contributed to a number of significant system change reviews by bringing a focus on children, and we helped shape policy and legislative change to support better outcomes for children and their families and whānau. This includes influencing the Child Poverty Reduction Act 2018 and New Zealand’s first ever Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy.