The Twinkle Child Foundation was a national children's charity run by secondary and tertiary students in secondary schools, polytechnics and universities from across New Zealand. We operated between 2009 and 2013.

Our mission statement was to make a real difference in the health of young people, by combining the collective efforts of students from around New Zealand through fundraising and volunteer support

Over our 5 year history, we raised a total of $21,676 for local hospitals, clinics, disability service providers, and community organisations, and our students provided a total of 1335 hours of volunteer support.

In doing so, we provide valuable opportunities for young people to contribute, collaborate, and make a real difference in the welfare of their peers through volunteering and leadership. As a student-run organisation, we empowered young people in our student groups with crucial decision making abilities and control over the charitable process.

 

The Twinkle Child Foundation was a national children's charity run by secondary and tertiary students in secondary schools, polytechnics and universities from across New Zealand. We operated between 2009 and 2013. 

Our mission statement was to make a real difference in the health of young people, by combining the collective efforts of students from around New Zealand through fundraising and volunteer support 

Over our 5 year history, we raised a total of $21,676 for local hospitals, clinics, disability service providers, and community organisations, and our students provided a total of 1335 hours of volunteer support. 

In doing so, we provide valuable opportunities for young people to contribute, collaborate, and make a real difference in the welfare of their peers through volunteering and leadership. As a student-run organisation, we empowered young people in our student groups with crucial decision making abilities and control over the charitable process. 

 

Our History 

2009 was a successful launch year, in which The Twinkle Child Foundation accomplished a number of spearhead projects, and gained community media coverage. This most successful of these was the gifting of 500 activity packs to the Whirinaki Child and Adolescent Mental Health Unit in late 2009. In addition, The Twinkle Child Foundation provided key support for several large-scale events run by the South Auckland Health Foundation throughout the year, in support of Kidz First Children's Hospital. Our strong partnership with the South Auckland Health Foundation continues to this day. 

2010 also saw the launch of our one year funding project, neo, in support of neonatal wards in Auckland hospitals. In total, $2500 was raised, to go towards Middlemore Hospital's neonatal ward (read more here). The Twinkle Child Foundation also continued its tradition of providing a strong base of volunteers, expanding its presence throughout the year at numerous outreaches, campaigns and events including Funfest 2010, the Kidz First Noel Leeming Promotion and the Fresh Futures Gala/Duathalon. 

2011was a year of rapid growth and expansion for The Twinkle Child Foundation, building on the successes of 2010. As well as continuing to support healthcare facililtiesand�communityorganisations through volunteer support, The Twinkle Child Foundation's student groups in schools and universities collectively fundraised over $3800 for the Manukau Superclinic (read more). 

2012focused on volunteer work, and The Twinkle Child Foundation supported several organisations including The MIddlemore Foundation (then the South Auckland Health Foundation), Cure Kids, Auckland Down Syndrome Association and Parent2parent. In addition, our student groups raised $1000 for Waitakere Hospital's children's ward, and over $2000 for Wellington and Dunedin hospitals. 

2013 saw The Twinkle Child Foudation's school and university student groups successfully fundraise for the Wilson Centre's respite villa, and Christchurch Hospital's Child and Adolescent Mental Health unit. Our students also provided volunteer support for the Middlemore Foundation and the Auckland Down Syndrome association. 

At the end of 2013, The Twinkle Child Foundation finished its operations, and other student run charities continued to carry the baton for the wellbeing of youth in New Zealand. If you're a student wanting to fundraise or volunteer to support New Zealand youth, we suggest heading over to the P3 foundation, KidsCan, Cure Kids or The Middlemore Foundation – they're all great causes to support! 

 

 

Our Student Leaders (Executive Board) 

Madison Blue (2013) 

Skye Cameron (2013) 

Tara Cheung (2013) 

Debbie D'Souza (2010 – 2013) 

Brook Dyer (2010 - 2011) 

Nicole Flores (2013) 

Rachael Gee (2011 – 2013) 

Ketan Hari (2011) 

Michelle Huang (2013) 

Johnson Huang(2010) 

NiluKulasingham (2010 - 2011) 

Alwin Lim(2010) 

William Law (2009 – 2013) 

Richard Lowe (2009 - 2012) 

Kathy Luo (2010) 

Sally-Anne Quill (2012) 

Caraliese Rebello (2010 – 2013) 

George Shand (2009 - 2011) 

Leon Shen (2010 - 2012) 

Sasha Soupen (2011 – 2013) 

NipunaSinhalage (2011 - 2012) 

VimuSinhalage (2010) 

Vaughan Somerville (2010 - 2011) 

Priyanka Victor (2011 – 2013) 

Zachary Tan (2009 - 2010) 

Alice Wang (2011) 

Jimmy Yao (2012) 

 

Our Corporate Supporters 

Sponsors of our 2012 Christmas Raffle 
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OurStudent Groups 

 
Auckland Grammar School 
Epsom Girls Grammar School 
Dilworth School 
Diocessan School for Girls 
Mount Roskill Grammar School 
Saint Kentigern College 
University of Auckland 
Victoria University of Wellington 

 

Project Highlights 

Manukau Superclinic 

Throughout 2011 and early 2012, The Twinkle Child Foundation raised $3800 for the Manukau Superclinic,to fund new play assessment equipment which is now used by doctors to diagnose Autism and developmental delay in young children. 

The new play assessment equipment will allow for a more through and comprehensive assessment for Autism and developmental delay, with the ultimate aim of earlier detection, better diagnosis and improved outcomes for young children. 

This money was raised through a combination of individual fundraising, School Twinkle Committee events, and The Twinkle Child Foundation events. Thank you to all who contributed towards this - it really was a team effort! 

Fundraising efforts: 

Comedy Night 

On the 7th of October 2011, The Twinkle Child Foundation held its inaugural Comedy Night, in support of children receiving medical treatment at Manukau Superclinic.  
All in all, the event was a great success, with $2000 dollars raised for Manukau Superclinic, which will go towards much needed toys, activities, and medical equipment.  

Auckland Grammar School 

In Term 3, the student committee at Auckland Grammar School held a very successful sausage sizzle, raising over $450 for The Twinkle Child Foundation. Awesome work guys!  

Dilworth School 

The students of Dilworth School donated $400 towards The Twinkle Child Foundation in June 2011 through a successful chapel appeal. Thank you very much for your generosity.  

Diocesan School for Girls 

In Term 2, 2011, the students of Diocesan School for Girls held a successful fundraising drive in support of The Twinkle Child Foundation, which raised $200. Thank you for your hard work and efforts!  

Mount Roskill Grammar School 

In Term 1, a student committee organised a successful bake sale at the school, raising $260 for The Twinkle Child Foundation. Great work, and thank you very much!  

Epsom Girls Grammar School 

On the 15th of Febuary 2011, the Twinkle committee at EGGS held a "Sweets and Treats" sale at a stall during their school athletics day. Hungry students bought packs of jelly beans and jelly babies for a gold coin donation, with all proceeds going to The Twinkle Child Foundation. Just under $400 was raised in the one afternoon - a great effort!  

 

Christchurch Hospital  

In response to the Canterbury earthquakes of September 2010 and February 2011, The Twinkle Child Foundation reached out to help the children of Christchurch Hospital.In total, $3343 was raised for Christchurch Hospital's childrens ward. 

In May 2011, The Twinkle Child Foundation sent Christchurch Hospital a $2000 grant to help fund their award winning "Play With a Purpose" packs for children. 

Christchurch Hospital's "Play With a Purpose" are proven by scientific studies to reduce stress amongst children in hospital care.�The packs look great too! Each pack is a brightly coloured bag with handles, holding four or five toys targeted for the child's age. Playdough, bubble wands, felt pens and stickers are examples items that could be found in a bag; there are many types of bags to cater for different children's interests. 
These packs won the 2008 Canterbury District Health Board's Quality Improvement and Innovation Awards. 

In July 2011, The Twinkle Child Foundation sent Christchurch Hospital's childrens ward $1250 worth of toys. These toys will be used in hospital play areas, and also as gifts to children who may be worried or frightened. We really hope to brighten up their day. 

The toys donated include ty beanie teddies, a variety of balls, toy cars, trucks and fire engines, barbie sets, toy jewellerysets,colouring books, stickers, craft materials, felt pens,zhuzhu toy pets, and many many more. 
A big thank you to TOYWORLD Onehunga who generously allowed us to purchase these toys at cost price. 

Fundraising efforts: 

Christchurch Hospital Street Appeal 

The Twinkle Child Foundation volunteers from Auckland Grammar School, Epsom Girls Grammar School, Dilworth School, Diocesan School for Girls, St Kentigern College, and the University of Auckland came together for a weekend to support the children of Christchurch Hospital through a street appeal. 

Saturday proved to test the volunteer's determination as the weather turned wet and windy in the afternoon. Nevertheless, our dedicated volunteers pressed on. 
In contrast, Sunday's weather was brilliant, the sun was shining, and with people in a good mood, we all had a great time collecting donations. 

Over the weekend, $3343 was raised for Christchurch Hospital - an outstanding result above anything we had initially anticipated. Thank you so much to all our awesome volunteers. Your efforts have certainly paid off, and many children will benefit from the help you've given. 

 

NEO 
neo was our 2010 funding project, and raised $2500 towards a Blue Light Bili-meter for Middlemore Hospital's neonatal unit. 

On the 1st of April 2011, board members from The Twinkle Child Foundation visited Middlemore Hospital to meet with executives from The South Auckland Health Foundation and Dr Mike Myers, a neonatal specialist from Middlemore Hospital, to learn more about the blue light bili-meter and what it does to help neonatal babies. 

Neonatal babies who develop jaundice are often treated by phototherapy, in which blue light is used to break down the compounds which cause jaundice in and under the skin. 
A blue light bili-meter is used to ensure the perfect amount of light is exposed to the baby, allowing optimal treatment. 

 

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