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Friday, 02 Mar 2018
Be part of our letter of support for the Child Poverty Reduction Bill We have a serious child poverty problem in New Zealand. Today, twice as many children live below the poverty line than did in 1984. Poverty affects children disproportionately, as they have no power to change their... more
Monday, 26 Feb 2018
Applications for Variety Gold Heart Scholarships are now open. Gold Heart Scholarships provide up to $5000 to Kiwi kids to help them pursue their talent – regardless of disability, illness or financial disadvantage. To apply for a Gold Heart Scholarship, young people should be proficient in... more
Friday, 15 Dec 2017
In July, we presented 15-year-old Beth Reid with a Variety Gold Heart Scholarship. These scholarships help talented Kiwi kids, who already excel in the arts, sport or education, to reach their full potential and overcome personal challenges. Beth has a passion for softball and baseball, and... more
Friday, 01 Dec 2017
Thinking about gift ideas for Christmas? Christmas overconsumption – and we’re not talking about the food – can be at odds with our values of caring for the environment and people around us. We've come up with a list of 20 gift ideas that take the emphasis off plastic gadgets destined for... more
Monday, 27 Nov 2017
Variety New Zealand president Richard Spilg presents Bev Roberts with her award. Friends of Variety is a voluntary group formed in 2006 to support the work Variety does in helping Kiwi kids to reach their full potential. The group organises and hosts a number of top-quality events each year... more
Monday, 20 Nov 2017
Universal Children’s Day aims to benefit and promote the welfare of the world’s children. And it is on this day, 20 November, that Variety – the Children’s Charity implores New Zealanders to sponsor one of the 370 children on its Kiwi Kid Sponsorship waiting list. Variety started the Kiwi... more
Friday, 03 Nov 2017
Celebrating 27 years of sponsoring Variety - the Children’s Charity, Ford New Zealand has launched a test drive fundraising programme called ‘Drive One for Variety’ this month. Now through December 31 or until Ford New Zealand reaches its goal of raising $25000 for its charity partner,... more
Thursday, 26 Oct 2017
Huntsbury wedding celebrant Julie Lassen drove home in her brand new Ford Fiesta Sport on October 25 with a warm feeling that she’s also helped make life better for disadvantaged Kiwi kids. At 2.30pm at The Warehouse Barrington, Store Manager Amanda Baker handed the keys to Julie, the lucky... more
Wednesday, 18 Oct 2017
Hope’s dream was a simple one. To run around for as long as her friends did in PE class. The 12-year-old Bay of Plenty girl always gave physical activities her absolute best try, but all too often severe asthma left her sitting on the sidelines. Then recently, a doctor suggested that... more
Wednesday, 18 Oct 2017
Nathan's new shoes Nathan accepts that his mum, Nellie, can’t always provide. As Nellie explains, He would say, ‘Mum, my shoes are giving me blisters.’ I would say, ‘I can’t afford to replace them right now. Maybe at Christmas we can get a new pair.’ He would say, ‘Mum, I... more
Tuesday, 17 Oct 2017
Henare aims to compete with the best At 5.30 every weekday morning you’ll find Henare starting a two-hour training session at his local swimming pool. In fact, this motivated 16-year-old spends at least 18 hours a week in the water. In 2017, thanks to CMC Markets, Variety was thrilled... more
Friday, 22 Sep 2017
Ford NZ is using its Global Caring Month and two of its partners – Variety – the Children’s  Charity and the All Blacks – to make an impact at a low decile Auckland school. Ford volunteers spent the day at Kingsford School in Mangere to fix up a garden: creating new  planter boxes,... more
Thursday, 14 Sep 2017
Thank you to everyone who purchased a Scratch 'n' Win ticket this year. With your help, over $370,000 was raised over the counter at The Warehouse to help give disadvantaged Kiwi kids the childhood they deserve!  This is a fantastic result and we are so very grateful for your... more
Wednesday, 23 Aug 2017
From 23 August to 12 September 2017, customers can try their luck with a $2.00 Variety Scratch ‘n’ Win card from The Warehouse and be in to win a share of over $72,000 in prizes, including a brand-new Ford Fiesta Sport! Funds raised from the sale of Scratch ‘n’ Win tickets will go to Variety... more
Friday, 18 Aug 2017
On Thursday 17 August 2017 SKYCITY Variety of Chefs, hosted by TVNZ headliners Toni Street and Peter Williams, raised more than $85,000 for Variety – the Children’s Charity. Australasian star chefs Nic Watt (MASU, Auckland) and Jarrod Di Blasi (EZARD, Melbourne) took 300-plus diners on a... more
Monday, 10 Jul 2017
Ophelia Buckleton Reporter, NZ Herald ophelia.buckleton@nzherald.co.nz   Miss Universe New Zealand opens up about tough childhood that led her to help Kiwi kids It's a bitter, wet winter's morning in South Auckland. Classrooms sit half empty as kids without raincoats, jumpers,... more
Wednesday, 21 Jun 2017
Winter was a tough time for 7-year-old Eden. Although her mum, Deborah, budgets to get by on her very limited income, even basic essentials most of us take for granted are often out of reach. Deborah shops at second-hand stores, but has found it increasingly difficult to provide winter... more
Monday, 19 Jun 2017
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 has been the charity partner of the competition since 2013. Since then, more than $100,000... more
Wednesday, 14 Jun 2017
Order your new Entertainment Book and help Variety! A true Kiwi favourite, your 2017/18 Entertainment Book contains local deals on dining, entertainment, retail and more! There are books for Auckland, Waikato and Bay of Plenty, Wellington and Manawatu, Christchurch, Canterbury and Nelson,... more
Tuesday, 13 Jun 2017
On the 2nd of July 2017, tens of thousands of two-wheel enthusiasts around the world will lace up their boots, strap on their helmets and ride together in support of their chosen charities.  Ride Sunday is a worldwide motorcycle event which works to bring together all motorcyling communities... more
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