25 November 2017 - Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge
Heart Kids is the official charity of the Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge. This iconic event draws cyclists from all over New Zealand and the world to support children and families living with CHD.
Join the Heart Kids Cycle Team and commit to raising a minimum of $250 to receive a 20% discount code off your entry fee. You’ll also have access to the Heart Kids marquee on event day, sponsored by Momentum Life. Raise over $1000 and you’ll also receive a limited edition Heart Kids team jersey!Sign up today at www.cycleforheartkids.co.nz.
Momentum Life is proud to support Heart Kids, the only charity in New Zealand dedicated to providing lifelong care and support for children and families living with childhood heart defects (CHD). Every year, 600 babies are born with congenital heart disease, the most common birth abnormality in New Zealand.
A CHD can also be acquired through illness such as rheumatic fever, cardiomyopathy or Kawasaki disease. Caring for a child with CHD is not easy, requiring regular trips to hospital for procedures, tests, and often surgeries. This can be costly for families, and often means leaving other family members behind for long periods of time.
Established in 1984, Heart Kids aims to decrease the uncertainty, stress, isolation and financial hardship experienced by families by providing practical support such as:
As you can imagine, living with a CHD can be a lifelong challenge. It requires more knowledge and skills to navigate everyday challenges such as school, travel and exercise. Heart Kids provides education resources and runs programs such as the Patron Teen Scholarship, Camp Brave Hearts and Camp Teen Beat, which gives kids and teens a chance to participate in medically supervised outdoor activities, the opportunity to learn life skills and build confidence and friendships with others living with childhood heart conditions. Heart Kids also funds CHD research and medical equipment such as home blood testing machines.
Heart Kids receives no government funding, a big reason why we are supporting their valuable work. Momentum Life is donating a portion of all first-year premiums to Heart Kids. Our donation will go towards providing equitable services across Heart Kids’ 18 affiliated branches throughout New Zealand. So no matter where they are, all heart kids and their families receive equal support at every step of their heart journey.
If you’d like to make a direct donation or find out more about how you can help support heart kids and families, please visit the Heart Kids website.