Countdown’s Kids Hospital Appeal 2019

Countdown’s Kids Hospital Appeal ran for 13 years, and raised $14.5 million for children’s hospitals and wards around the country during this time.  We are humbled to have been able to help thousands of sick Kiwi kids and their families by providing hospitals with the funds to buy equipment or make childrens’ stay more comfortable. 

At Countdown we’re committed to contributing to the health and well being of New Zealanders, and continue to make a meaningful impact on the health of Kiwi kids in particular.  Over the last few years we’ve developed a deeper appreciation for our role in feeding and supporting our communities, and particularly, New Zealanders in need.

In 2020 we’ll be partnering with much-loved charity KidsCan to extend their early childhood education programme to help even more of the 300,000 Kiwi kids who are living in poverty every day.  You can find out more about this programme here.

Thank you to all our hospital partners, team and generous customers for your ongoing support.

100% of funds raised* will be donated to the hospitals for their “wish lists”, including a childrens vision screening for Christchurch, a giraffe warmer for Waikato’s neo-natal unit, a parent room at the Special Care Baby Unit at Waitakere Hospital in Auckland and play equipment for Whangarei Hospital’s whānau house.

 In 2019, Countdown stores around the country helped raise money for:

  • Northland DHB: $80,000 for whanau house play equipment, vein viewer, portable monitors, a breast milk fridge, wheelchair hoist scales, stadiometer, apnoea monitor, immunisation fridge and pain numbing applicators.

  • Well Foundation: $120,000 for the Special Care Baby Unit parent room at Waitakere Hospital.

  • KidzFirst Middlemore: $140,000 to expand its Mana-ā-riki programme to Manurewa.

  • Waikato DHB: $86,237 for two giraffe warmers, two monitoring systems and two infant cradles.

  • Bay of Plenty DHB: $61,252 for a giraffe warmer, two Medifab sleep systems, a tactile reception series and oral hygiene packs.

  • Gisborne DHB: $39,944.80 for its Planet Sunshine playground and two bed chairs.

  • Hawkes Bay DHB: $42,675 for a diabetes blood test analyser, pulse oximeter, a hearing aid restoration instrument, three neonatal airway management tool and a CAFS recorder.

  • Taranaki DHB: $66,700 for a Babylog ventilator. 

  • Wairarapa DHB: $40,276 for mobile blood pressure units, alarm mattresses, iPads, psychological assessment kit, child autism rating scale and bumbo seats.

  • Palmerston North DHB: $36,377 for electric and hospital breast pumps, recliner chairs for caregivers and maternity chairs.

  • Hutt Hospital: $25,000 to repaint its children's ward and to renovate its treatment room.

  • Wellington Hospital: $80,000 for electronic beds for its new hospital.

  • Nelson and Marlborough DHB: $8,416 for a premature baby teaching mannequin, stethoscope, distraction toys and to renovate the paediatric waiting room.

  • West Coast DHB: $29,514 for a breast pump, infant scales, RAD 5 infant oximeter, measuring table, X-Ray machine and ISTAT blood testing machine.

  • Maia Health Christchurch: $100,170 for a sleep monitor, cough assist machine, vision screening device, scales and blood pressure machine, blanket warmer, electric breast pumps, syringe pumps and phototherapy light.

  • Timaru: $28,374 for recliner chair and breast pumps.

  • Dunedin: $75,712 for iPads, emergency cart, ISTAT blood analyser, children's cot, thermometers, resuscitaire, maternity chairs and recliners.

  • Invercargill: $39,367 for a Babypod infant transport device, five specialised monitors, and seats to help children sit on their own.