Current Variety Appeals

Variety is there for children in all sorts of challenging circumstances. We are able to respond quickly in an emergency to meet the needs of children across New Zealand.

Your money will go to children and families who need it most. Variety welcomes your support for this current appeal:

Desperate help needed for 9 month old baby

Recently we had a Grandmother come to Variety in tears asking for help. She is the sole caregiver of her two young grandchildren with no additional family support.  The 9 month old baby is waking up 4 times throughout the night due to teething and being so unsettled, then active all day needing constant attention.

Grandma has taken custody of these young children while her daughter addresses her drug and alcohol addictions by attending counselling and a parenting course. Sadly, Grandma with her own health problems isn't able to get the rest she needs to properly care for the children and worries that the children will need to go into government care unless she receives help soon.

"I'm exhausted and feel if I don't get some immediate respite care [for baby], I'll have to give them up - which will break my heart. They are beautiful kids and I love them"

The 2 ½ year old toddler is receiving government supported respite care; however, the 9 month old baby does not qualify for this service as he is too young. With your support, we can provide respite care for the baby 3 days a week for 6 months at a cost of $3,480.

Your donation to Variety - The Children's Charity will allow the 9 month old baby to remain in Grandma's custody and provide her with the rest she needs to be able to care for his and his brother's needs.

A meaningful gift - no matter the amount - from your family would make a big difference.

To donate, please click the Donate Now! button and select "Help for Baby" from the dropdown options as you make your donation.

Thank you for your thoughtful consideration.