Thirty Kids for Thirty Years

Published: Tue 15 Oct 2013 03:09 PM
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Thirty Kids for Thirty Years
For 30 years, Koru Care New Zealand has been taking children from around the country away on a trip of a lifetime.
Koru Care NZ volunteers donate time and expertise to make dreams come true for kids who have drawn the short straw. In some cases they have cancer, kidney disease or heart problems, in other cases they have lost the use of their limbs or have serious congenital abnormalities. But they still have the capacity to smile, laugh and create good memories; they just need someone to wave the magic wand.
Ann Bain says “Often, an injection of enjoyment helps to change a child's outlook, which can improve day-to-day life. In making dreams come true for sick and disabled kids, we're also helping their families.
“This is a great opportunity for siblings who are often left out to be able to spend more time with their parents who often spend so much time and appear to give more attention to the sick child. Some families take this opportunity to have a mini holiday themselves.”
Koru Care is well known for delivering dreams in the form of memorable overseas trips. Each group consists of 26 children and 15 caregivers with each caregiver assigned 2 children.
This year’s trip is for two weeks, and with the trip being the 30th, it is being labeled “30 kids for 30 years” and will see the children visiting attractions such as Knotts Berry Farm, Universal Studios, Disneyland and much more.
In the time Koru Care NZ has been taking children on these trips more than 800 children have had their lives changed, something that may not have been possible without the support and generosity of the public.
Ann Bain says “Each year Koru Care NZ has to raise over $200,000 to make the trip happen, with the cost of the airfares alone over $70,000, for the children, caregivers and, medical support.
“Our sole focus is to give these children a much deserved opportunity to put their everyday difficulties behind them and to be regular kids for two weeks”.
It’s not too late to help the make the dreams come true for the children going on this years trip you can visit to see how you can help.

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