Staples Rodway Challenge – Out and About Supporting Superstars!


This was such an amazing day. Thank you so much, Staples Rodway!

The lead-up…

“It’s a very exciting week here at OAA! Not only am I fundraising like a crazy lady to fund merino but on the 14th of October… I get to join the awesome group from Staples Rodway Hawkes Bay Limited and watch the competitors finish the @staples Rodway challenge .. and for the first time EVER.. the work I do and the “Our Babies” initiative will benefit from an awesome business like this choosing to support what I do. It really is exciting, humbling and so heartwarming at the same time. Feels like the work I do is noticed and that they believe in what I am doing. After 4.5 years of hard yards and some lovely “social media bullies”.. this is positive and “makes my heart sing” means the world to me. Of course, I’m grateful to all those who have believed in me and supported the charity drives I have done over the years.. but this is huge for me to have a business put their name alongside mine. Thank you, Staples Rodway and everyone who has helped make this opportunity happen. Let’s hope for a sunny day on Saturday! 🏃‍♀️🏃🏽🏃🏾‍♀️🏃🏾🌞🌞🌞🌞🌞🌞🌞🌞🌞🌞xx Gabby”

Lead up to Staples Rodway Challenge

The day!


WOW!!!! So today this happened!! 😍😍 massive thanks to Staples Rodway Hawkes Bay Limited
and the Staples Rodway Challenge.

Today Out and About with kids in Hawkes Bay and the “Our Babies” initiative got the biggest kickstart I could ever have imagined and never ever dreamed of. I felt so humbled and shaky at the knees as I was handed a $16,000 cheque on stage in front of hundreds and hundreds of people. I’m not sure how I managed to pull off my speech!!

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

I want to say, to the Staples Rodway HB team, to the sponsors of the Staples Rodway challenge and all the competitors “thank you thank you thank you.” I really am lost for words to explain what this means to me. Thank you, to one of the most gorgeous ladies I have met; one of the directors, Libby. She organised for me to meet with other directors and together they decided that Out and About (OAA) and the “Our Babies” initiative would be the charity that the Staples Rodway challenge would support this year.

Did you see how big the cheque was?!

To receive the cheque was one thing… it gives me a huge help to carry on with the work I am doing in a big practical way. Another gift, even as great, is that this amazing company has seen my work and believes in me and trusts me to do great things with this money. This has given me a huge burst of inspiration and drive and I feel like “Our Babies” can start to flourish in Hawke’s Bay.

Grassroots level community initiative

What better way than to help our community and start at the grassroots level helping newborn babies at one-day-old by providing them with warm Merino wraps, clothing and hand knitted woollens (knitted by so many volunteers). For 4.5 years I’ve carried out a number of charity drives and 1000’s of small things for our community…all from my garage… and yes I’ve been supported by so many individuals and businesses which I am truly grateful for and you are not forgotten here. But today this support stepped up to a level that I have never ever experienced before and I’m truly humbled and so so grateful. I will honour the donation and put my heart and soul into furthering the “Our Babies” initiative and making sure our most precious newborns are helped.

What Next?

To those wondering what more is there to do…. (and I was asked this today!!))… well it carries on and on… I’ll still need every bit of help I can get. I estimate to do this we will need over $50,000++ a year (all my hours and those sewing and cutting fabric and knitting are done for free which is amazing and my time administrating is done in my time also). Over time I’m sure we can raise money as we go on.

This didn’t seem possible

A month or two ago I truly thought that I just could not carry on with this and it was impossible but today thanks to the Staples Rodway Team (and thanks also to the Merino Angels..more to come on this)… I know that this initiative will go on and that together as a community we will make a huge impact.

TODAY I thank this company.. and what they do for our community I feel so proud to be aligned with Staples Rodway Hawkes Bay. I have seen first hand that they are an amazing bunch of people who work together with team spirit and family spirit and community generosity. Today you guys shone! As I stood on the stage to accept this most amazing donation … I seriously felt so blessed and almost speechless and behind those sunglasses, there were many tears being held back and these were tears of gratitude. I was overwhelmed.

This money will be used for

Thank you, Staples Rodway HB. Thank you to all the directors, the whole team, sponsors and the competitors and everyone there today. You will see me use this money to buy items I need to make up packs from cotton onesies and singlets to packaging to socks to wool.. the money will be used wisely and carefully so that as many packs can be made as possible. Today I sat in my car by the beach and took it all in… I am totally, totally overwhelmed.

Tonight as I tucked my wee ones into bed with warm PJs and warm bedding not only do a feel grateful that I can do this but grateful that today Staples Rodway HB Ltd has helped in a huge way to ensure that I can help do this for all vulnerable babies born in Hawkes Bay. And for the rest of 2017 and part of 2018, this has been made possible by today’s event.

Kindest regards and hugest thanks and I’ll add in some hugs as I’m so so happy. Thank you for the bottom of my heart. Xxx Gabby

Staples Rodway Challenge


Photos from the day

Here’s a little photo collection of yesterday’s Staples Rodway Hawkes Bay LimitedStaples Rodway Challenge! I’ve woken up this morning still feeling so blooming grateful and even a bit tearful. I can’t quite believe this has happened to my humble little page.

OAA and the Our Babies initiative have had some huge support and yesterday topped this off massively! Wow! Thanks again lovely team.. the Staples Rodway Directors, staff, yesterday’s competitors.. and all the sponsors I hope I’ve captured you all here in photos!

Also all the spot prizes; I couldn’t capture that but by golly, there are some generous sponsors out there!

Onwards and upwards for the work, I do in this community. I’m feeling very supported and thankful that such an Amazing big Hawkes Bay company that is Staples Rodway HB Ltd has stood by me and supported me in this way.

Thank you so so much. I hope you are all taking it easy today.. what a mammoth effort pulling off such an event!! Xxx Gabby

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