Helping Heart Kids

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


Will you pedal for heart kids like Luna 2 3

 Check out some the amazing Heart Kids Fundraisers for this years BDO Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge!


Each week in New Zealand 12 babies are born with one or more heart defects, their little hearts literally are broken. Each week, Heart Kids Family Support staff are out in the community and at the National Children’s Hospital providing support and services to these children and their families.

A heart baby 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. That’s more than one heart child having surgery every day.

Heart Kids have been there for these families for over 30 years, the only organisation in New Zealand to provide support for heart kids through life. We’ll be there providing Family Support staff at Auckland Children’s hospital, pre-natal support, face-to-face home visits, specialised camps for children with heart conditions, resource materials, help for teenagers transitioning from paediatric to adult hospital services, hospital care packs for families – including, meals, food & petrol vouchers and generally helping keep families together and connecting them to other families going through the same experience.

But we can’t do it without help from awesome people like you.

Watch heart kid Luna’s story here


You can add another level of satisfaction to your Cycle Challenge experience and help these children. Sign up to raise much needed donations and sponsorship to support the life changing services that Heart Kids provides.

Taking part in the Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge is a big deal and you will be surprised the support you will receive from your family, friends and networks for your efforts.

By joining the Heart Kids Cycle Team, you’ll be helping families receive the support they need all around the country. You’ll be helping the heart child that will be going through surgery today.

We are not the biggest charity, but we do a really big job and we want everyone that supports Heart Kids to have an enjoyable experience. Click on the link below to sign up and see how we will support your efforts in the lead up to the Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge as well as during event weekend.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

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

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Heart Kids Cruisers Team

Have you ever wanted to do the full lap of Lake Taupo but thought you couldn’t? In 2018 Heart Kids are joining forces with long-time Heart Kids supporter and Cycle Challenge veteran, “Rickshaw Andy”, and  creating a ‘Starting Group’ for cyclists that would love to take on the full 160 but don’t want to feel pressured or cycle solo.  It will be an inclusive team, a team not focussed on personal bests and performance, but instead focused on having fun and getting to the finish line!  The team motto is No Cyclist Left Behind.  Rickshaw Andy, is a Lake Taupo cycling legend.  He’s taken part in the event more than 10 times, and completed over 30 laps of beautiful Lake Taupo - he will be your Commander-In-Chief.   He will make sure No Cyclist Left Behind.  He has even been known to stop for an ice-cream or give you a push, if it helps motivate you to cross the finish line.  It doesn’t matter how long you take to get up Hatepe Hill, Rickshaw Andy and The Heart Kids Cruisers will help you achieve your goal. Andy’s goal is to get everyone around the lake in 8 hours.  We want you to enjoy yourself so much that you come back again next year and do it again just because you know you can!

Join the Heart Kids Cruisers HERE


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