Help Heart Kids

Heart Kids NZ is the Official Charity of the Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge. 

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Each week in New Zealand 12 babies are born with a heart defect or CHD (Congenital Heart Disease).  It is the most common serious birth defect and the number one cause of death in infants and babies.  Heart Kids supports these children and their families through life, providing services in the hospital and out in the community.

A baby with CHD can have surgery within days or hours of being born. It will be the start of many procedures, treatments and also open-heart surgeries during their life. In fact, there are 550 major heart surgeries performed on heart kids every single year.

Heart Kids has been there for these families for over 30 years walking alongside them every step of the way.  It receives no government funding and relies solely on grants and donations. 


Why don’t you make every kilometre count and support Heart Kids as you ride?

We are a small charity with a BIG job to do, we rely on amazing kind-hearted people like you to help us provide our vital services. Why not set up your online fundraising page today, it’s super easy!

Just click here to join the team

If you need help with the process or  want to talk to one of us about how to make the most of your fundraising, email or call Gillian on 022 087 8966

Your fundraising efforts will make a difference to families like Leyton’s (pictured above), his mum Claire shares part of their journey:

“Life as a heart mum is worrying, stressful, sad, frightening and just downright hard at times. Heart Kids have been there for us every step of the way, from the bleak desperate moments through to the good times. They've often been the smile on Lleyton's face on a hard day when he opens the gift pack they've given, and my sigh of relief as they've shown up with a coffee. I have been so blessed and thankful for the support we have received from them - the coffee groups, the connections and friendships made, the family events, the care packs, the travel assistance but most importantly the emotional support that no amount of money could ever buy.”

For more Information on Heart Kids

Join Rickshaw Andy's Heart Kids Cruiser Team

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If lycra is not your thing and you have no aspirations to compete in the Tour de France then join Lake Taupo cycling legend "Rickshaw Andy" and the Heart Kids Cruisers team and take on the full 160km around the lake. This is an inclusive team, not focused on personal bests or performance but more about taking on the challenge and having fun with a group of like-minded cyclists as you do so. The team motto is  - No Cyclist Left Behind!


Maybe you think you couldn't do it? We believe by sticking together and having fun you can! This group will have it's own official start group who will start the race together and finish as one group too.


Rickshaw Andy has completed over 30 laps of the lake and competed over 10 times in this event. He will be there for training tips along the way and has even been known to stop for an ice cream or give you a push if it motivates you to cross that finish line!


We want you to achieve the thrill of knowing you made it and enjoy yourself so much that - hey who knows maybe you'll do it all again the next year!

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