Helping Heart Kids
Heart Kids NZ is the Official Charity of the Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge.
Each week in New Zealand, 12 babies are born with a congenital heart defect – that’s one baby affected for every 100 born alive.
Some of these babies face the reality of life-saving open heart surgery within the first few days of life.
Other previously healthy children can find themselves living with a heart defect as a result of a childhood illness such as Rheumatic Fever.
For most heart kids, the battle is never over – normal life is peppered with check-ups, blood tests, echocardiograms, medical interventions and further open heart surgeries as they grow – and they will need lifelong support as there is no cure for a heart defect.
Heart Kids NZ walks alongside each of these heart kids and their families and shares in their battles – the wins, and the losses – providing much-needed support along the way.
Join The Battle For Heart Kids
You can join the battle for heart kids this November as you take on the Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge. Sign up to raise essential donations and sponsorship to support the nationwide services that Heart Kids provides.
By joining the battle for kiwi heart kids, you’ll be helping Heart Kids to fund a range of initiatives to support heart kids and their families: