Koru Care (NZ)
Koru Care (NZ) is a registered charitable trust. Our volunteer team work for no financial reward, donating time and expertise to make dreams come true for children who have drawn the short straw.
Koru Care's first dream delivery involved taking a group of disabled youngsters to the movies back in 1983. Our next feat saw us fundraising for two years so that we could take a small group of children to the United Kingdom to see Buckingham Palace and Coronation Street.
These days, the Koru Care committee arranges several overseas trips every year for groups of children and caregivers. Our other activities include supplying educational and play equipment, setting up toy libraries, taking children on special day excursions and organising Christmas parties.
We exist thanks to the time and energy of our loyal volunteers and the on-going support of sponsors. From raffles and garage sales, our fundraising efforts have evolved into a well-orchestrated strategy that includes corporate sponsorship, gala auctions, sports events, a public sponsorship programme and street appeals.
Taking ill and disabled children to dream destinations requires the dedicated support of Koru Care caregivers. Every group of children that is sent on a holiday by Koru Care is accompanied by a team of trained volunteers, including several registered nurses. Our caregivers are unpaid, and they take annual leave to make the trips possible. Each caregiver has two children to look after 24 hours a day, from receiving the children at the airport to returning them to their families.
The parents and families of the children we help also donate time and energy to Koru Care. They are encouraged to take part in the fund-raising, so that they can take some of the credit for giving their child the trip of a lifetime.
In making dreams come true for sick and disabled children we're also helping their families. Often, an injection of enjoyment helps to change a child's outlook, which can improve day-to-day life for their family and friends. Koru Care is well known for delivering dreams in the form of memorable overseas trips, Disneyland – USA and Gold Coast – Australia, are the dream destinations that we have focused on, closer to home we put on events for the children and our annual Christmas harbour cruise and picnic.
Koru Care relies on the generosity and support of it’s members, with supporters helping with the day to day running of Koru Care, people from all walks of life help in ways we could only dream of.
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