like warm clothes, stationery for school and bedding
like swimming lessons, going on school camp and playing a sport
like medical or mobility equipment, therapeutic care and tutoring
A medical condition meant that a Northland boy has missed a lot of school, and this means that he is below the expected literacy and numeracy levels for his age. Tutoring would help him improve his skills and his confidence in the classroom.
A special gravity positioning chair is needed by a young girl from the Waikato, to help her to relax and enable her to feel safe during seizures.
A child from the Bay of Plenty suffers from acute allergies and requires hypoallergenic bedding to get a good night's sleep and support their overall health.
A basic digital device has been recommended to help a boy from Canterbury who is managing autism, with his learning. His hardworking mum is unable to find the funds for this much-needed item.
We get an average of 60 funding application applications for children in need across the country each month. As a Hero for Kids monthly supporter your donations are combined with those of other generous supporters to fund the most urgent and immediate of needs, one child at a time.
If you’re looking for a 1-for-1 way to help, Kiwi Kid Sponsorship might be just what you’re after. View the profiles of children waiting for a sponsor.
The families who apply to us for support have varying needs. We review each application to ensure the family meet our criteria, including income levels. Many are typical, hardworking Kiwi families who, despite their best efforts, are unable to provide their children with essential items such as shoes, warm bedding, or stationery for school. In other cases, the family might face overwhelming costs for much needed medical equipment, digital learning aids, or mobility equipment for children living with a disability. As a Hero for Kids, you are making these things possible for children who would otherwise go without.
We’ll send out your tax certificate at the end of the financial year (in April). This will cover all your donations, so you don’t have to keep track of several different receipts. If you make a donation in addition to your regular monthly payments (such as a donation to one of our appeals), you’ll receive a confirmation via email; then this will be reflected on your annual tax certificate. Donations are eligible for a NZ tax credit of 33.3c in the dollar.
We’d love for you to stay on the Hero for Kids team for as long as possible, but we understand that circumstances can change. If you’d like to change your support at any time, just let us know.
While other organisations do good work in providing items in bulk for large numbers of children, at Variety we recognise that not all children need the same things. Our point of difference is that we assess a child’s individual needs and respond accordingly. This allows us to make the most impactful difference to each child.
Variety New Zealand has no religious affiliations, although we do work alongside churches, schools, district health boards and other community agencies to ensure that we are giving the children the best help possible.
Variety does not receive government funding. It is supporters like you who make our work possible. This is why every person who chooses to join our Hero for Kids team is a gamechanger!
At least 75% of every dollar you give is used for the direct benefit of the children. A small portion (no more than 25%) helps cover the cost of running the programme. This includes getting in touch with each child’s family and support organisations to assess and support their needs, reporting back to you on how your donations have been spent and recruiting more caring people like you.
We’ll send you a newsletter twice a year to let you know how your support is helping, and keep you informed of other opportunities to make a difference. Another great way to keep up to date is to follow us on social media.
Our team is happy to answer any other questions you may have.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone us on +64 9 520 4111.