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Monday, 16 Mar 2020
  Variety – the Children’s Charity is calling on Kiwi kids with exceptional talent in the arts, sports or education, and are financially disadvantaged or living with an illness or disability, to apply for a Gold Heart Scholarship. The scholarship awards up to $5000 in funding per child who... more
Monday, 17 Feb 2020
Newshub Live at 6PM anchor Mike McRoberts is at it again, gifting a further 60 bikes and helmets to deserving school children in Napier and Whangarei on 18th Feb and 25th Feb respectively. In December, Mike presented the first tranche of 56 bikes and helmets to Auckland kids. The bike... more
Tuesday, 11 Feb 2020
                                     The Aotearoa Bike Challenge Auckland Region is back, and once again partnering with Variety – the Children’s Charity to raise funds for Bikes for Kids, a programme that provides bikes and helmets to deserving children in low-decile Auckland schools. 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
Thursday, 07 Nov 2019
Brand new bikes and helmets will be presented to 30 deserving children at Wymondley Road School on Thursday, 14 November 2019. The bike presentation is part of Variety’s 30th anniversary celebration and is a joint event with long-term supporter Ford Motor Company NZ. Every year, Variety... more
Wednesday, 28 Aug 2019
  Some 80 children from 17 schools in Auckland will receive brand new bikes and helmets on Thursday, 29th of August at the New Lynn Community Centre, in a culminating activity for the Auckland Bike Challenge launched early this year. The project saw Auckland Transport partner with Variety –... 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
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
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