31 May 2018
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For the sixth year running, Variety – the Children’s Charity has been selected as the charity partner of Miss Universe New Zealand.

The ongoing partnership will see this year’s 20 finalists raise much-needed funds for the charity’s Kiwi Kid Sponsorship programme, at a time when the waiting list for the programme is ever-growing.

With close to 300 Kiwi kids currently awaiting sponsorship, Lorraine Taylor, Variety’s chief executive officer, says the charity is thrilled to have been selected as Miss Universe’s charity partner once again.

“To-date, over $143,000 has been raised to support disadvantaged Kiwi kids and I cannot stress just how vital these funds have been. I implore all of you to support this year’s contestants, and at the same time, know you will be supporting disadvantaged Kiwi kids.”

The contestants will raise money for the Kiwi Kid Sponsorship programme through their Entrepreneurial Challenge, in which each contestant is tasked with fundraising as much as they can – with 50% of the proceeds directly benefiting Kiwi kids in need.

Once the contestants raise $1300 they will be matched with a child who is on the waitlist for sponsorship, in a move that will see the child provided with vital support for a 12 month period.

For every additional $1100 contestants raise, they will have the chance to support the same child for another year, up to a total of five years.

If contestants raise $6600 or more, they will be matched with a second child in desperate need.

The remaining 50% of funds will be put towards each contestants’ Miss Universe journey.

To make a donation, or to see what events the contestants have in the works, check out their fundraising pages here.