Donate to provide a Kiwi kid with a bed.
Sadly, 1 in 10 Kiwi kids in our poorest communities don’t have their own bed.
They sleep on couches, on the floor, on mouldy mattresses or share with siblings, which puts them at risk from life-threatening illnesses like rheumatic fever.
Will you make a life-changing gift today, to help provide a new bed and warm bedding for a child who is sleeping on the floor or bed-sharing this winter?
$45 will fund a warm blanket
$80 will fund a bedding pack (duvet inner, sheets, duvet cover, pillow set, pillow)
$343 will fund a single bed, mattress and bedding pack
$688 will fund bunks beds, mattresses and bedding packs
Kids in poverty bear the brunt of high rates of winter illnesses: 28,000 are hospitalised each year for diseases linked to poor sleeping environments. Nevil Pierse, Associate Professor at the University of Otago & Co-Director of He Kainga Oranga
Every child needs a bed of their own.
A proper bed, where they can rest their growing brains and bodies, heal when they are ill, and dream about their futures. At the end of a long, chilly day, cuddling down into their own warm bed is vital for a child’s wellbeing.
A warm, dry bed of their own keeps a child healthy and out of hospital.
A healthy child is a child who can thrive, learn and dream.
Sarah is a solo mum of three children aged 3, 8 and 9. She has been in and out of Starship Children’s Hospital with her 8-year-old son who had a kidney transplant after suffering renal failure.
Zane and his brother were topping and tailing in a single bed.
Sarah was worried that winter colds or other viruses would be passed to Zane because of the bed sharing. She wanted him to have his own bed so he could heal and recover from his illness.
Sarah contacted her local HHI, which provided bunkbeds, mattresses and bedding for the two older children using money donated through last year’s Warm Hearts Winter appeal. Even the three-year-old was able to move out of mum’s bed into their own single bed. The kids were excited to have their own beds.
Please make a gift today to provide beds and warm bedding this winter, for families like Sarah’s.
* Each winter, Variety partners with the government’s Healthy Home Initiative (HHI) providers to identify the children who most need beds. HHI teams conduct comprehensive housing assessments for families living in poverty across the country, and then support them to undertake the repairs and other changes to make their homes warmer, drier and healthier.