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Wednesday, 15 Feb 2017
Photo credit Torika Tokalau/Fairfax NZ Nathaniel, 12 years old, has been given the chance to learn the piano again after missing out on lessons because his family couldn't afford it. The family live on one income, and piano lessons just became too much of a struggle to afford,... more
Friday, 20 Jan 2017
Variety – the Children’s Charity is delighted to welcome Dimension Data to the family of dedicated organisations that are making a real difference to the lives of disadvantaged Kiwi kids. In 2017 Dimension Data has committed to funding up to 250 bikes and helmets for Kiwi kids living in... more
Monday, 09 Jan 2017
In October, the Christchurch Press told the story of a Canterbury family on the waiting list for Variety Kiwi Kid Sponsorship. Grandmother, Lisa Carter had to give up her job last year when she suddenly found herself the full-time caregiver of her two grandchildren.  Things have been... more
Thursday, 22 Dec 2016
This Christmas, The Warehouse brought joy to Kiwi kids right across the country.  The Warehouse, with the help of New Zealand Post, Orora, Value Add and other fantastic suppliers, distributed almost 1,800 Christmas gift boxes across New Zealand to each of the families enrolled and on... more
Tuesday, 06 Dec 2016
This festive season, Variety has partnered with Groupon to offer 5 great gifts for your friends and family that will also help New Zealand children in desperate need. You'll receive a fun, cheeky card to give to your lucky friend or relative (detailing how generous you’ve been on... more
Thursday, 01 Dec 2016
It was a bright start to Christmas for young Shaniqua who was given the important job of lighting Auckland's tallest 'Christmas tree' - the Sky Tower on Wednesday night. Shaniqua is 10 years old and faces more challenges than any child should. She has global development delay, a condition... more
Wednesday, 24 Aug 2016
Last night saw the launch of a significant child poverty awareness campaign titled #DearNewZealand by Variety – the Children’s Charity. Variety’s aim is to generate conversation about child poverty in New Zealand and encourage the sharing of ideas about what we as a country... more
Tuesday, 02 Aug 2016
Last month 18 talented young people were awarded Variety Gold Heart Scholarships to help them achieve their dreams and goals in sports, education, arts or music. Each young person will receive up to $5,000 to nurture and develop their talent over the coming year. Among the winners were... more
Monday, 01 Aug 2016
Variety recently provided funding for a the junior students of an Auckland school to go on a class trip to Kelly Tarlton's aquarium. The kids had been learning about the ocean as part of their topic study. None of the children had been to the aquarium before and their teacher said that they were... more
Thursday, 28 Jul 2016
  Pictured: Variety CEO Lorraine Taylor (right) and NZRPG GM of Marketing and Communications, Sara Johnson meet to confirm the partnership        The future looks brighter for Kiwi kids living in hardship in Auckland... more
Monday, 11 Jul 2016
As we approach the one year anniversary of the Variety Book Fair going online on Trade Me, we acknowledge all those people and organisations who have donated books for us to sell, thank you!  On 1st August 2015, the book fair was launched on Trade Me, following many years of running... more
Tuesday, 14 Jun 2016
Variety – the Children’s Charity is thrilled to be the charity partner of Miss Universe New Zealand once again this year. Variety has had a long standing relationship with Miss Universe New Zealand and have been the charity partner of the competition since 2013. Since then,... more
Friday, 10 Jun 2016
Meet Shanae. Shanae is five years old and has Global Development Delay which affects her language development and learning motor skills.  Her parents applied to Variety for a tablet for Shanae to help with her learning. She's got the tablet now and her mum said that it's already... more
Thursday, 02 Jun 2016
Meet Sam. Sam has Duchennes Muscular Dystrophy and is getting progressively weaker, and tires easily. A powered wheelchair for school helps manage his fatigue, but as a typical Kiwi lad he still loves mobile play but specialised trikes can cost thousands of dollars.  The Variety... more
Thursday, 02 Jun 2016
Left: Kiwi Next Generation students Antonia and Briana with Mentor Julie Harwood. Right: Paul Walsh - Executive GM Community and Environment, The Warehouse Group, Lorraine Taylor - CEO Variety - the Children's Charity and Gregory Fortuin - National Director, The Salvation Army... more
Friday, 20 May 2016
Meet Vanessa - she's a Hawke's Bay local who stepped out of her comfort zone and raised money for deserving Kiwi kids to get their very own bikes - all while exploring stunning Cambodia on two wheels.  This year, Kiwis of all ages and abilities have the chance to take the trip of a... more
Wednesday, 11 May 2016
Minji is 18 years old and received a Variety Gold Heart Scholarship in 2015. Minji has profound autism and learning difficulties and is mainly non-verbal.  She’s a talented artist and uses art as her way of communicating. Her mum says “Minji is speaking and communicating... more
Tuesday, 03 May 2016
Earlier this month Bathgate Park School in Dunedin received 16 new iPads from Variety thanks to a generous donation from NZI. The iPads, valued at over $10,000 were presented at a special assembly and will positively impact more than 200 children.   For today’s students,... more
Tuesday, 03 May 2016
Things were looking up for 12-year-old Dannille and her family. Her mum had been saving up for new uniforms and had got them all ready for school to start.  But two weeks before Christmas, disaster struck the family. Their home burnt down, along with all their possessions –... more
Tuesday, 12 Apr 2016
Meet Elijah. Last week Elijah was presented with a brand new bike on the Variety Bikes for Kids tour in Northland. His mum said: “He has gone to sleep in the lounge tonight so he could sleep beside his bike, which we let him bring into the lounge to sit when it got dark. He is one... more
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