The following article ran in the Clutha Leader in South Otago on 8 January 2014.
South Otago Plunket staff have been left scratching their heads after an anonymous donation of a brand new baby-themed book before Christmas.
South Otago Plunket received a mystery donation of book the Super Power Baby Project on Random Acts of Kindness Day before Christmas. Who: Staff would like to know who their mystery donor, known only as ‘‘Jules’’, is in order to thank them. How: Contact South Otago Plunket on 03 41 0525 if you have any information.
Super Power Baby Project, dropped off on ‘‘Random Acts of Kindness Day’’, was one of six copies ordered by a Clutha resident known only as ‘‘Jules,’’ Plunket nurse Nicola Ryan said.
‘‘We arrived in the morning to find it just lying there on the step,’’ Ryan said.
‘‘The order sheet mentioned six copies and a ‘Jules’, but the bookseller couldn’t tell us any more than that, unfortunately. We’d just love to thank whoever it was if anyone knows more, because it’s a lovely book.’’
Super Power Baby Project was a photographic art book containing portraits of 72 children with chromosomal abnormalities, taken by awardwinning photographer Rachel Callander.
The book emphasised the children’s special qualities and life-changing powers, making it highly inspirational for Plunket’s staff and clients alike, Ryan said. ‘‘We wanted to share this beautiful gift with as many as possible, so we’ve sent it to our Dunedin head office where Plunket nurses from across the region will get an opportunity to read it over coming months and years.’’
Otago Plunket clinical leader Barbara Warren said the book had already had quite an impact on staff, and would travel round the region.
‘‘It’s a life-affirming book th a strong message that there is more to life than challenges, anxiety, grief and difficulty, and that children have much to teach us about ourselves that is to be celebrated,’’ she said.
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