The Twinkle Child Foundation was founded in early 2009 by a group of Auckland students who wanted to create something new – something fresh, that New Zealand hasn’t seen before. It now incorporates student groups in schools, polytechnics and universiteis from around New Zealand, working hard to support their local communities.
2009 was a successful pilot year, in which The Twinkle Child Foundation accomplished a number of spearhead projects, and gained community media coverage. This most successful of these was the gifting of 500 activity packs to the Whirinaki Child and Adolescent Mental Health Unit in late 2009 (read more here). In addition, The Twinkle Child Foundation provided key support for several large-scale events run by the South Auckland Health Foundation throughout the year, in support of Kidz First Children’s Hospital. Our strong partnership with the South Auckland Health Foundation continues to this day.
2010 also saw the launch of our one year funding project, neo, in support of neonatal wards in Auckland hospitals. In total, $2500 was raised, to go towards Middlemore Hospital's neonatal ward (read more here). The Twinkle Child Foundation also continued its tradition of providing a strong base of volunteers, expanding its presence throughout the year at numerous outreaches, campaigns and events including Funfest 2010, the Kidz First Noel Leeming Promotion and the Fresh Futures Gala/Duathalon.
2011 was a year of rapid growth and expansion for The Twinkle Child Foundation, building on the successes of 2010. As well as continuing to support healthcare facililties and community organisations through volunteer support, The Twinkle Child Foundation's student groups in schools and universities collectively fundraised over $3800 for the Manukau Superclinic (read more).
2012 focused on volunteer work, and The Twinkle Child Foundation supported several organisations including The MIddlemore Foundation (then the South Auckland Health Foundation), Cure Kids, Auckland Down Syndrome Association and Parent2parent. In addition, our student groups raised $1000 for Waitakere Hospital's children's ward, and over $2000 for Wellington and Dunedin hospitals.
2013 will see a focus on more regional benefits around New Zealand, with committees in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin. There will be even more chances for YOU to get involved! Sign up as a volunteer now.