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Wednesday, 31 Jul 2019
Variety - the Children's Charity has launched its second annual Warm Hearts Winter Appeal, to provide beds and warm bedding for 300 disadvantaged Kiwi kids. Chief Executive Officer Lorraine Taylor said the appeal, which runs to the end of August, is in response to the needs the charity is... more
Monday, 01 Jul 2019
Generous Kiwis dug more than $85,000 from their pockets to buy beds and warm bedding for Kiwi kids who need them while enjoying a taste of Tinseltown last Friday. SKYCITY Variety of Chefs, which raised a record amount in its seventh year, has become an important fundraising fixture for... more
Wednesday, 08 May 2019
An initiative to provide disadvantaged families with free wireless broadband has made a significant difference to their children’s achievement at school. It also improved attendance and enabled the students to participate in more activities. Now the pilot programme, which was a partnership... more
Thursday, 18 Apr 2019
Zurich’s Z Zurich Foundation has presented Variety – the Children’s Charity with a transformational grant of $758,400, to enable the charity to significantly scale up its operations and help thousands more vulnerable Kiwi kids. Brett Wainhouse, Regional Manager, Zurich, said: “We are... more
Wednesday, 10 Apr 2019
This piece was originally published in The Spinoff. Newly released child poverty statistics show that 254,000 Kiwi kids are living in poverty. For the young people affected, it’s much more than just a number, writes Variety CEO, Lorraine Taylor. Every day, applications that cross my desk... more
Tuesday, 02 Apr 2019
Living with a chronic illness – severe lung disease – nine-year-old Kullen has received funding for his very own Chromebook so that he can keep up at school, even on the many days he is unable to attend. “The Chromebook has made such a difference for Kullen,” says his mum. “Because Kullen... more
Wednesday, 27 Mar 2019
Hollywood is heading to Auckland this June for the seventh instalment of the fine-dining, charity event of the year, SKYCITY Variety of Chefs. Hosted by Variety – the Children’s Charity and raising much-needed funds to support some of our most vulnerable tamariki, the evening promises an... more
Tuesday, 26 Mar 2019
Variety Gold Heart Scholars Beth Reid, Lovely Pulotu and David Pulotu took a spin around the race track with 18-year-old racing prodigy Peter Vodanovich over the weekend, courtesy of CMC Markets. The founding sponsor of Variety’s Gold Heart Scholarship programme, CMC Markets New Zealand’s... more
Tuesday, 12 Feb 2019
The Auckland Bike Challenge is back for 2019 and partnering for the first time with Variety – the Children’s Charity, which gifts bikes and helmets to children in need. Each year, Variety presents new bikes and helmets to children at low decile schools, allowing them to experience the... more
Tuesday, 05 Feb 2019
Two years and 23,500 mentoring hours later, 680 young peoples lives were changed for the better through the Kiwi Next Generation initiative. Designed jointly with The Salvation Army and funded by The Warehouse Group’s suppliers, team members and supporters, the life-changing programme has... more
Friday, 01 Feb 2019
Variety – the Children’s Charity has today opened the 2019 applications for its Gold Heart Scholarship programme.  Offering funding of up to $5,000 for  New Zealand children and youth aged up to 18, Gold Heart Scholarships are awarded to those with an exceptional talent in their chosen... more
Thursday, 24 Jan 2019
Off the back of increased calls from caregivers around the country for help with basic school essentials, Variety – the Children’s Charity has launched a Back to School Appeal. The charity hopes that by shining a light on the struggles many families face at this time of the year, it will... more
Wednesday, 21 Nov 2018
Being able to put on a brand new, fully waterproof jacket for school has made the world of difference for *Ellie. She and two of her siblings are on the Variety Kiwi Kid Sponsorship programme, but according to their Dad, it’s not only the girls who are benefiting. “I am on a very, very... more
Wednesday, 21 Nov 2018
Giving up a few hours of his time to help others is a no-brainer for our long-time supporter Andy Medcalf. Having now run four fundraising events, with all proceeds raised benefitting Kiwi kids in need, Andy says he couldn’t imagine a life without giving back. “You can’t choose the life... more
Wednesday, 21 Nov 2018
With plans to represent New Zealand in America next year, it’s safe to say Variety Gold Heart Scholar Verity Howells is well on her way to stardom. With a passion for the performing arts, Verity has a busy schedule on her hands, performing whenever she can, whether it be through singing or... more
Thursday, 01 Nov 2018
This article was written by South Waikato News journalist Luke Kirkeby and was featured in print and online. A quick toilet paper shop has left a Tokoroa man feeling rather lucky. Tim Haines recently popped into The Warehouse Tokoroa to buy a housewarming present for a friend. Seeing some... more
Wednesday, 19 Sep 2018
Twenty-four Lower Hutt students are the proud owners of brand new bikes, thanks to Variety – the Children’s Charity and Dimension Data. A key supporter of Variety’s Bikes for Kids programme, Dimension Data also presented the host school, Randwick School, with a further six bikes for use on... more
Thursday, 06 Sep 2018
Together with Variety – the Children’s Charity, Auckland doctor Helen Evans has presented 69 Kiwi kids with bikes of their very own. Helen raised the money for the bikes as part of the charity fundraising expedition she embarked on earlier in the year, the Variety Cycle Challenge to... more
Tuesday, 04 Sep 2018
The work we do at Variety – the Children’s Charity, without a doubt, would be impossible without the generous support, guidance and assistance provided by key partners, sponsors and individuals. This is why we were so thrilled to present two of our most valued supporters with prestigious... more
Monday, 03 Sep 2018
  More than $75,000 was raised for Kiwi kids in need at Variety – the Children’s Charity’s sixth annual black-tie fundraiser, SKYCITY Variety of Chefs on Friday night. With close to 300 guests in attendance, the night was an all-round success, says Variety’s chief executive... more
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