16 Mar 2020
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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 meets the criteria and is aged 18 years or below.

Since it started in 2007, the programme has helped 230 talented young Kiwis achieve their dreams.

Variety CEO Lorraine Taylor says, “The programme provides the opportunity to gifted but disadvantaged Kiwi kids to overcome personal challenges and strive to reach their goals. We look forward to welcoming this year’s scholars and support them to being the best they can be in their fields.”

Programme founding sponsor CMC Markets has been supporting Gold Heart Scholarships for 13 years and has sponsored eight recipients in 2019.

Chris Smith, General Manager of CMC Markets NZ says, “It’s our privilege to continue supporting Variety and the incredible work they do for Kiwi kids. We’re excited to welcome this year’s round of talented recipients and join them on their journey towards achieving their dreams.”

Rebecca Dubber, former Gold Heart Scholar and Paralympian says, “With Variety's help I was able to achieve my dream of attending two Paralympic Games and wins the bronze medal in Rio. If I did not have that early support from Variety, I would not have made it that far.”

Other notable alumni of theVariety Gold Heart Scholarship programme include another successful Paralympian, Mary Fisher, World Para Swimming silver medallist, Toupou Nieufi; and Sam O’Dea, Commonwealth Games bronze medalist in beach volleyball.

Applications are open until 31st March 2020. To apply, go to