Eight-year-old Liviela (Liv) Ulunga loves being at home sharing time with her family around the dinner table – it’s her happy place. But Liv, the face of this year’s Countdown Kids Hospital Appeal, often misses out on this special time at home 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 Countdown Kids Hospital Appeal kicks off today and raises money for much-needed medical equipment in 11 children’s wards in hospitals across the country. Thousands of Kiwi kids visit these hospital wards each year, and this year’s Appeal aims to raise more than $1 million to help those in need.