Bartercard is adding some Christmas cheer to hundreds of Kiwi kids affected by Congenital Heart Disease (CHD).
The company is donating 400 gifts to their chosen charity Heart Kids. Some of those gifts will be sent to Starship hospital for the children who won’t be at home for Christmas, and others will be given out to Heart Kids families throughout the coming year.
Bartercard staff spent a morning wrapping presents before handing them over to Heart Kids NZ, CEO, Rob Lutter, who will deliver some of them on Bartercard’s behalf just in time for Christmas.
‘I know these gifts will put a smile on those children affected by CHD, especially at this time of year. We really appreciate the continuing support we get from Bartercard,’ said Mr Lutter.
Heart Kids NZ is the only not-for-profit organisation supporting Kiwi kids and their families who are affected by CHD, right through their life.
Each week, 12 babies across New Zealand are born with a heart defect. While there are surgical procedures that can improve the heart’s function, there is no cure for CHD.
Heart Kids NZ receives no government funding, has no affiliation with the Heart Foundation and must fundraise for all its services, so the Bartercard Foundation is delighted to be able to continue to support those fundraising efforts in whatever guise that may be.
The Bartercard Foundation was established in April 2010 and is registered charity to support charities which require wider national prominence for their great cause. 100% of the donations raised go to the chosen charity. Unlike most other charities which aim to pass on 80% of their donations with 20% covering expenses and other costs, all of the Foundation’s operating costs are paid for by Bartercard. These costs are increasing due to additional financial reporting obligations and information required to be supplied to the Charities Commission.
Raymond Goubitz, Bartercard Trustee said ‘Bartercard is delighted to get behind Heart Kids NZ this Christmas. It’s something special to be able to donate some of these gifts to children who may not get to spend Christmas at home with their family and friends, something most of us take for granted, so anything we can do to support those affected by CHD is well worth while. On behalf of the Bartercard team, we would like to wish Heart Kids NZ and all the Heart Kids families a Merry Christmas’.
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About Bartercard: Since its inception in New Zealand in 1992, Bartercard has grown to over 15,000 cardholders nationwide, more than 6,000 active member businesses trading over $150 million worth of goods and services outside of the cash economy each year, 110 staff and 13 offices. Many businesses utilise Bartercard as one of their core business growth strategies to move excess stock and increase profit.
Bartercard operates in New Zealand, Australia, United Kingdom, France, UAE, South Africa and Thailand.