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Tuesday, 15 Feb 2022
The MediaWorks Foundation has named Variety – the Children’s Charity as one of its new National Charity Partners for 2022. Variety CEO Susan Glasgow says the foundation’s mission of supporting and changing the lives of young people in Aotearoa aligns perfectly with Variety’s. “Variety is... more
Thursday, 16 Dec 2021
Information for our Variety whānau – families, sponsors and supporters – from our retail partners. The Warehouse, Warehouse Stationery, Noel Leeming, Torpedo 7 and Rebel Sports stores are all open for shopping using the new Traffic Light System (COVID-19 Protection Framework) and do not require... more
Tuesday, 30 Nov 2021
Variety - the Children’s Charity - is pleased to confirm the appointment of Vic Crone as Director and Chair Designate of the Board. Richard Spilg, Chair for Variety, confirmed that Ms Crone joins the board effective November 2021, and will officially become Chair in 2022, at the end of his... more
Wednesday, 24 Nov 2021
Variety – the Children’s Charity and AA Insurance launch their new partnership to enable children and young people to thrive in Aotearoa New Zealand.  AA Insurance Chief Executive Chris Curtin says the company will support Variety NZ’s existing programmes and collaborate on research that... more
Friday, 05 Mar 2021
The Active Me - Kia Tū Fund: A two-year pilot to support tamariki and rangatahi in high need communities Sport NZ has today launched a two-year partnership with Variety - the Children’s Charity - aimed at enabling tamariki and rangatahi (young people 4 to 18 years) living in financial... more
Thursday, 11 Feb 2021
  This article originally appeared on the NZ Herald as a sponsored story on 18 Jan 2021.   An Auckland mum was brought to tears as she recalled the kindness that helped her through a difficult time in which she was so desperate she could not afford school uniforms for her three... more
Monday, 25 Jan 2021
Variety has recently appointed four new members to its board to help shape the organisation’s future direction towards alleviating child poverty. With more than 60 per cent of children supported through their flagship Kiwi Kid Sponsor programme with a Māori or Pacific Island background,... more
Thursday, 14 Jan 2021
Thanks to you, thousands of Kiwi children had a joyful Christmas?despite?it being a challenging year for their families and caregivers. Because of you, 2,876 families were able to share a meal and create memories because of the grocery vouchers their sponsors... more
Tuesday, 22 Dec 2020
This article originally appeared as a Sponsored Content Story on stuff.co.nz.   This festive season, the pīwakawaka has assumed a starring role in the Kiwi Kid Sponsorship (KKS) programme delivered by Variety - the Children's Charity. Through KKS, children in need are matched with an... more
Tuesday, 23 Jun 2020
Variety welcomes Susan Glasgow, who will be joining as the new Chief Executive at the end of June. Susan has 25 years’ experience working across the arts and education sectors both locally and internationally. Susan joins us from KEA where, as Global Director of World Class New Zealand, she... more
Thursday, 28 May 2020
  When the going gets tough, Kiwis dig deep to help those in need. This is what we at Variety have seen from the results of our Covid-19 Emergency Appeal for Kiwi kids, a response effort we launched in March to meet the urgent need for food and other essentials by disadvantaged families across... more
Tuesday, 21 Apr 2020
Thirteen-year old Rebecca’s mum has pneumonia and can’t work. Rebecca herself was not well when the whole country went into Alert Level 4 a few weeks ago. With no transport to get to the supermarket and limited funds for food, Rebecca’s mum was desperate. Rebecca’s school advised Variety – the... more
Tuesday, 21 Jan 2020
Lynette and Allan Rowan are missing out on the joys of being grandparents, instead, the Waiuku couple are bringing up their grandchildren. The Rowans took on the responsibility because the children could no longer live with their parents, who were struggling with their own problems. Three of... more
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
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