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Supporting our enterprising youth

As a community, it’s exciting to see the enthusiasm that our local youth have for the businesses that surround them. Whether it’s frequenting the neighbourhood café, buying gifts from their favourite store, or learning the ins-and-outs of the fundraising route, all these interactions lead to a closer relationship with the business district.

A few months ago, Murray Hill spoke of the support that the Milford Business Association is providing a group of students from Westlake Girls High School. Tony Sands, Chairman of the Association, and principal of Sands & Associates Accountants, is mentoring the Ivory & Co. group as part of the Young Enterprise Scheme.

Students are guided through a business plan and various elements of the business world, supported by their school, the scheme and the MBA. Ivory & Co. have developed a hoodie in a panda design, themed in support of the World Wildlife Foundation, have sourced a supplier, and are now in the process of selling the finished product. We look forward to continuing our support of the scheme, and of our schools, introducing local students to local business people, and providing the benefits of networking to all. We will be posting some more information on our Facebook page, and you can also find out more about the scheme at 
Another event that the MBA is closely supporting is ArtFusions 2013, a fundraising venture by Carmel College. This art exhibition, now in its 17th year, will be held on the 13-15 of September, and will be a reflection of the vital and energetic creative culture of Carmel College. It’s a great way for the community to support a local school, and also have the opportunity to purchase an amazing piece of art for the home or business. For more information, go to

Take a few moments to think about how you can support our local youth. It could be finding that loose change to purchase a raffle ticket, attending the local school fair, or donating goods or services to benefit an early childhood centre or school. A simple gesture of support means the world to these organisations – and it’s often the little acts of generosity that come together to benefit the whole community. After all, it’s the youth of today who are the future of tomorrow – and the future of our Milford community.

Auckland Symphony Orchestra plays for the Shore
The MBA is also a proud supporter of the Auckland Symphony Orchestra Free Family Concert Little Britain, held on Sunday 4th August. To find out about upcoming events, go to

Crafting for Charity
Once again the Crafty Knitwits team are organising the Knitathon, to be held from Friday 23th August to Sunday 25th August. Last year $13 000 was raised for The Child Cancer Foundation, and this year the aim is to build on this effort and raise even more! Now is the time to register your interest, so drop into the store or email A great initiative for a fantastic charity!

Last few days to win some warmth
By the time this issue goes to print, you’ll have just a couple more days to enter our Escape to the Sun promotion. Spend just $10 or more at participating stores, complete an entry form and you’re in to win a $2000 travel voucher.

Have you found us yet?
It’s great to have so many people join us on our Facebook page – and there’s plenty of room for more! We’re pretty keen to share what’s going on in Milford, and we would love to hear your news and views as well.
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Have a fabulous month!

Catherine Murray, on behalf of the Milford Business Association.

by Catherine Murray