The Countdown Kids Hospital Appeal has raised more than $10.4 million since it first began in 2007, with the funds raised going towards much-needed medical equipment for children's hospital wards throughout NZ.

The Appeal fundraises for Whangarei Hospital, Kidz First Children's Hospital (Auckland), Waikato Hospital, Tauranga and Whakatane Hospitals, Hawkes Bay Hospital, Wellington Hospital, Greymouth Hospital, Christchurch Hospital, Dunedin Hospital, Waitakere and North Shore Hospital, and Southland Hospital.

The 2017 Countdown Kids Hospital Appeal runs from 7 August to 29 October 2017.

Anyone can support kids who are battling illness and injury by making a donation to the Appeal or engaging in local activities and raffles. To donate, simply:

  • Visit your local Countdown supermarket and donate at the checkout
  • Purchase a Countdown Kids Hospital Appeal wristband or raffle ticket in-store
  • Participate in your local store fundraising activities
  • Donate while you're doing your shopping online by selecting Countdown Kids Hospital Appeal as a product.

Meet the face of our 2017 Kids Hospital Appeal

Livela (Liv) Ulunga

Eight-year-old Liv Ulunga, loves being at home sharing time with her family around the dinner table. But Liv often misses out on this special time because she was born with a hole in her heart which has led to ongoing health issues. She has spent years living in and out of Kidz First Children’s Hospital receiving treatment.

 The youngest of three siblings, Liv is active and loves to ride her bike, swim, dance and sing. Despite her brave appearance, Liv is a regular at Kidz First, as are more than 13,000 other Kiwi kids every year.