Heart Kids New Zealand
At Heart Kids New Zealand, our mission is to provide lifelong support to all affected by a childhood heart condition or heart disease acquired through childhood.
Families in these situations face huge challenges. So, we help them to know they are not alone and to feel empowered on this curveball journey they're navigating.
We provide someone nearby who can:
- offer practical advice, and
- share resources and information.
We help advocate for families in their health journey and offer them practical support when it’s desperately needed. We also organise experiences for 'Heart children' and their whānau that they may not otherwise get.
We are the only charity in New Zealand dedicated to providing that support to these families all around the country.
Heart Kids is here to help at every step of the heart journey – from when a heart condition is diagnosed, through childhood, the teenage years and into adulthood. Our practical and emotional support is vital for all those affected, helping individuals and families cope with the day-to-day challenges of living with a childhood heart condition.
“Heart Kids have been our rock since our first admission to Starship, but even more now the world is facing Covid-19. Messages of hope and strength from the support workers have immensely helped us and our feelings of concern for our heart child have been validated.
The most valuable act was organising a flu vaccine during lockdown. This meant a lot and we were extremely grateful.
We would be lost without the support workers. Thank you for all you do.”
Linda, Auckland Heart family.