Countdown expands hospital appeal to raise more than $1 million for sick children and teens

6 August 2018: Countdown’s annual Kids Hospital Appeal kicks off today for its 12th year, and aims 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”, which this year include Gisborne Hospital’s first ever playground, building a parent room at the Special Care Baby Unit at WaitakereHospital in Auckland, supporting research in the Waikato by providing electronic diabetes monitors, and buying vital signs monitors and other essential equipment for Christchurch Hospital.

For the first time, Countdown stores in New Plymouth, Wairarapa, Whanganui and South Canterbury will be fundraising for their local hospitals which have been included in the appeal.

“It’s really exciting to be able to bring new hospitals on board so that we are now covering 19 District Health Boards across the country,” says Ruth Krippner, chair of the Countdown Kids Hospital AppealTrust.

“Our teams live and work in these communities and have such strong connections in their local area.  Some have had their own whanau in hospital as well, so they know first-hand how important it is to help.

“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.

Andrew Young, CEO of the WELL Foundation, the official charity of Waitakere and North Shore hospitals and community health services, says within the Waitemata region there are about 7000 babies born each year, with one in 10 born premature and requiring specialised care.

"Funds raised will build a much-needed parent room, so families with babies who are fragile and have complex conditions can stay overnight to ensure that before they go home, they can cope independently with their babies, including feeding, nurturing and administering any medications.

"It's important parents can do this competently when they return home, without the immediate reliance of hospital staff, which is why the new parent room will be such an important part of the care we provide," says Andrew Young.

To donate:

  • Visit any Countdown and donate at the checkout
  • Buy an Appeal wristband or raffle ticket in-store
  • Get involved in your local store’s fundraising activities
  • Donate while you're doing your shopping online by selecting Countdown Kids Hospital Appeal as a product.

This year, Countdown stores around the country are fundraising for the following:


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 hospitalresearch 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


For more information on the Countdown Kids Hospital Appeal visit

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