Augustine Acts of Kindness

Every month we surprise a new recipient with an act of kindness. Helping those in the community that could do with a helping hand. Selected from nominations sent in by our very own customers. If you would like to nominate someone for an Augustine Act of Kindness, please email us on augustineactsofkindess@gmail.com.

Spread love and kindness.

AUGUST


Nikki is an amazing mum of 5 kids, twins who are special needs and all that comes with that emotionally and physically, so we treated her to a $2000 shopping spree. 

JUNE


Many of you from East Auckland will know this gorgeous face of Brooke Taylor and her cute boy Max. Last month, Brooke got the call from kindy to say that her husband had not picked up Max as planned, 36 hours later her husband Travis was tragically found dead. Brooke is also pregnant with her second baby and faces the future with no partner and the financial and emotional struggles that brings. We thought we would brighten her day with a trip to our Newmarket boutique and $1000 to spend. We can’t heal the pain, but we can offer a distraction and a few feel good hours of shopping on us. Our heart goes out to you Brooke. Lots of love from team Augustine and all our customers that support us, so that we can continue to always pay it forward.

May


Oh my goodness what an evening. We hosted 35 mums this evening at our Newmarket boutique, for an extra special Mother’s Day. This is my friend Tiff who helped organise to have 35 mums of starship kids. These mums have spent more hours, weeks or years than they care to remember inside starship with their sick kids. So we invited them to an evening of bubbles and cupcakes and free clothes. We told them to take a few hours out from the hardship of having a sick kid and treat themselves. They shopped for 2 hours and all left with a free outfit of their choice. On us. They told me their stories of their gorgeous but sick children and we shed a few tears and dressed them in new clothes. I can’t imagine what these mums go through, to be able to give them a few hours of shopping was our pleasure. They are the true super mums and their stories are inspiring and sad and some with happy endings. The wards of starship sure will be sparkling tomorrow. Thanks Tiff for making it happen. So wonderful to gift these ladies an outfit and a little time out. 💖💖

APril


Every month we do an act of kindness to give back to the community, to thank our customers for their ongoing support. 
This month we sent a boot full of nappies and baby wipes along with 14 Pak n Save vouchers down to the teenage mums at the Wairarapa Teen Parent Unit. These gorgeous mums come along to the unit to finish off their schooling while their babies are cared for at the same time. It’s an amazing place and these mums often struggle financially after having bubbas so young. Glad we could put a smile on their faces with these nappies and vouchers and make this weeks grocery shopping easier for them all. 💖💖💖😀😀😀😀Stay tuned for our May Act of Kindness that is happening this Sunday with some very special starship mummies. 💖

March


As you know, every month we select someone that needs a helping hand and do an act of kindness. We do this because we want to give back to the community that supports our business. This is Bella, she is 14 and has cystic fibrosis and has to spend a lot of time in hospital. Her amazing mum is a single mum of 3 and it’s often a battle to keep everyone and every thing afloat. Bella is on a new treatment of insulin and to avoid having to prick her finger all the time to read her blood sugar levels, she has a cool new disc on her arm that reads it for her. This costs weekly though and it’s an expense her mum can’t cope with on top over everything else. So we said we would pay for 6 months worth of the discs for her to ease the burden. We can do this because of all of you. So thank you from us and Bella. Stay tuned for our May acts of kindness, it’s going to be something kinda epic 💖Love and light and pay it forward. xx Kelly and Nath

February


Aneliese is a 14 year old who was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2015. After a year long treatment of surgeries, radiation and chemotherapy, all was all clear. Sadly, 18 months later the tumours are back and deemed not treatable. The reoccurrence of the tumours have also left her paralysed as they crushed her spinal cord. She went through some more radiation and chemo to buy some time - we just don’t know how much. Unfortunately, the amount of combined radiation she has had is now at the maximum and any more could potentially destroy her. In combination with the chemo she isn’t producing enough blood cells so she undergoes transfusions frequently. Aneliese is a pretty stubborn teenager who is trying to make the most of the time she has, and while in hospital, she came up with a life list (wish list). We are doing everything we can to make her dreams come true. Some of them are small items, some are big ticket stuff.

JANUARY


Heidi was nominated by a dear friend as she has had a very rough time of late. Heidi is going through treatment for breast cancer, as well as dealing with treatment for a nasty side effect of an infection. She is a mother of 3 boys, one of which is Autistic and the other teenage boy is going blind. Her life was in desperate need of a pick me up, so we surprised her with an act of kindness. We gifted Heidi a $1000 new Augustine wardrobe, bought her a $200 restaurant voucher, paid for her to get her hair done and enjoy a fun night out with her husband. We hope this little act of kindness will bring a little sunshine to Heidi's difficult situation.

 

December


Our December Angels were 50 lucky ladies who received gifts from their angels. After plenty of nominations, we choose 50 ladies to be Angels to another 50 ladies and they gave them a wee gift pack from Augustine. To share the gift of giving was the perfect way to round off our Angels for 2017.

 

November

 


Grace suffered an Encephalitis in 2012 and has been left unable to walk, talk, sit or stand. Her mind is still sharp though and she communicates through an iPad. We were told by a close friend of Graces' that her iPad had died and she had no way of communicating. So, for our November Act Of Kindness we bought Grace a brand new speciality iPad so she is back up and running and able to communicate. Naturally, we gave her mum a pile of new Augustine clothes to put a smile on her face too after an incredibly difficult time. 

 

October


Our October recipient was a little different. We don’t usually gift to existing charities, but just this time we have to the Women’s Refuge in Waikato. They are in such need, and this time we sent them 5 big boxes of clothing (over 100 pieces). So any ladies that need to use their safe houses and come in with only the clothes on their backs, can have some pretty and colourful clothes to wear for free.

September


Maria is left to raise her two young daughters on her own and is going back to relief teaching to pay the bills. Her friend asked if we would send her a garment to wear in her new job, to make her smile. We decided to do better than that and have set Maria up with $2000 to spend in our Newmarket boutique. That way Maria can have her wardrobe sorted for her new job and have a fabulous shopping spree to make her smile in such a tough time. 

August


The group is called 'Shocking Pink' and they are made up of incredibly strong brave women that have cancer and are under the age of 45. Each year they meet up at a retreat to have fun, laugh together and make new friends who understand what they are going through.

 

July


Trish wanted to take her adopted son Zac back to his homeland of Vanuatu to see his family, before Trish's own health meant she couldn't travel with him. 

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