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 delighted to support Variety. Zurich’s purpose is about helping individuals and organisations reach their full potential and we couldn’t think of a more fitting charity to work with to help disadvantaged Kiwi kids do the same.”
The funding will allow Variety to substantially grow its impact and effect change for so many more of New Zealand’s disadvantaged children, says the charity’s chief executive officer, Lorraine Taylor.
“Upon hearing Variety received this absolutely transformative grant, I was beyond thrilled,” says Taylor.
“This grant is a game-changer, in every sense, for Variety, and more importantly, the children we will now be able to support,” she says.
“I am thrilled to have the Z Zurich Foundation, and Zurich New Zealand, onboard to partner with us to help give disadvantaged Kiwi kids the childhood they deserve.”
Taylor says Variety will utilise the grant for three core projects.
This includes shining a light on child poverty in New Zealand, and calling on kind-hearted Kiwis to support disadvantaged children, raising funds to help more families in need.
Variety will also, over the next two years, roll out its Beds for Kids programme nationally. The programme, currently in a trial phase in both Auckland and Norhtland, provides beds and bedding to children who are currently going without and sleeping cold, on the floor, on couches and/or having to share their sleeping space with others.
The grant will also assist Variety in reaching its goal of increasing the number of children supported through its Kiwi Kid Sponsorship programme from 4,975 in 2017 to 11,000 annually by 2020.
“With 254,000 children in New Zealand living in poverty, we know that the need is great. This grant will allow us to effectively support thousands of New Zealand’s most vulnerable children and help give them a happier, healthier childhood and the foundation for a better future,” Taylor adds.