Countdown’s annual Kids Hospital Appeal

With the help of our generous customers and amazing team, between 6 August and 28 October, we aimed to raise $1.3 million for children’s hospitals and wards throughout New Zealand.

100% of funds raised* are donated to the hospitals for their “wish lists”, including Gisborne Hospital’s first ever playground, a parent room at the Special Care Baby Unit at Waitakere Hospital in Auckland, electronic diabetes monitors for the Waikato, and buying vital signs monitors and other essential equipment for Christchurch Hospital.

We’re also excited that we could support hospitals in New Plymouth, Wairarapa, Whanganui and South Canterbury for the first time.

“Thousands of children and their families experience hospitals each year, and whether it’s for a short stay or for longer, it’s always a tough time.  Through the generosity of our customers and fundraising efforts of the Countdown team we can all help make a huge difference to the life of a little one and their family during a traumatising time,” says Ruth Krippner, chair of the Countdown Kids Hospital Appeal Trust.


Raffle Winners
Thank you for all your support of the Countdown Kids Hospital Appeal Raffle. All proceeds raised will go to children's hospitals and wards throughout New Zealand. 
1st Prize: Robin Clark, Tauranga
                VW Tiguan, Allspace comfortline worth $61,240
2nd Prize: Fitu Ikenasio, Mt Albert
                 Harvey Norman vouchers worth $8,000
3rd Prize: Graeme Lee, Mairangi Bay
                 2x Avanti Metro Estep bikes with 2x helmets worth $6,798
4th Prize: Lee-Ann Collett, Remuera
                $3,000 Countdown Gift Cards
5th Prize: Wi Taiare, Gisborne
                $2,000 Fuel Vouchers


This year, Countdown stores around the country helped raise money for:

Wish list 2018


Diabetes monitors


A parent room for the Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU)

KidzFirst Middlemore

An EEG Monitor


Glucose equipment for diabetes, part of a hospital research project


Sensory play equipment and update their teenage whanau room


Therapeutic outdoor space


An outdoor play and recuperation area


A new outdoor playground

Hawkes Bay

Critical cooling unit

Taranaki Base Hospital

New monitoring systems and a portable hoist


Various equipment

Palmerston North

Redecorate and provide mothers' breastfeeding equipment


Neonatal incubator and improve their paediatric ward

Hutt Hospital

Children's Community Nurse's car and purpose-built clinical assessment room


Beds for the new Wellington Children’s Hospital

Nelson and Marlborough

Resuscitaire and nasal high flow humidifier

Grey Base Hospital

Jaundice meter, emergency cart and more


Incubator, audiology equipment and more


Paediatric simulators, oxygen equipment and more


Resuscitaire and hospital beds


Sensory tube, wheelchairs and more

The Countdown Kids Hospital Appeal runs from 6 August 2018 until 28 October 2018.  The annual appeal has raised $12.8 million since it first began in 2007, originally operating under the name Fresh Future Children’s Hospital Appeal.  

*100% of funds raised are donated to the hospitals, excluding GST and raffle licence fees.