Countdown Kids Hospital Appeal raises more than $1 million for 21 hospitals

Christmas has come early for 21 children’s hospitals and wards across New Zealand, with the 2018 Countdown’s Kids Hospital Appeal raising $1.2 million for much-needed items, such as new equipment or upgraded facilities for patients.

The hospitals’ wish-lists, which included diabetes monitors and sensory play equipment, incubators and brand new playgrounds, aim to help improve the lives of sick children from Northland to Invercargill.  

Ruth Krippner, chair of the Countdown Kids Hospital Appeal Trust, says “Every year, we are absolutely overwhelmed with the generosity of New Zealanders, who continue to dig deep for thousands of children and teens who are forced to spend days, weeks or even months in hospital. Countdown, our team members, hospitals, patients and their families are truly grateful for the support we continue to receive.

“Some of the new equipment we’re able to fund this year will make a critical difference to the lives of children and their families, such as an EEG monitor for Kidz First Children’s Hospital. Other facilities, like the upgraded outdoor play and recuperation area for Whakatane Hospital, will be hugely beneficial for young people in the area who are accessing mental health services,” says Ruth Krippner.

All Countdown stores get behind the annual appeal, holding events like a group charity walk through Auckland, a head shave in Morrinsville, a famous quiz night in Napier and a competitive car rally in Christchurch.

“It was fantastic to see so many exciting fundraising events led by local Store Managers. Many of our team had never organised events like this before and were rewarded with a lot of public involvement and support,” says Ruth Krippner.

Since the Countdown’s Kids Hospital Appeal was first launched in 2007 a total of $12.8 million has been raised for sick Kiwi kids and teens.  In the coming weeks, cheque presentations will take place across the country to present the participating hospitals with funds from this year’s appeal.

The Countdown Kids Hospital Appeal ran from 6 August until 28 October 2018. For more information on the Countdown Kids Hospital Appeal, visit:

Please see below for the full list of wish list items:



Funds donated:

Funds to be used towards the following:




Diabetes monitors




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

Kidz First


An EEG monitor




Glucose equipment for diabetes, part of a hospital research project




Sensory play equipment and update their teenage whanau room




A therapeutic outdoor space




An outdoor play and recuperation area




A new outdoor playground

Hawkes Bay



A critical cooling unit

Taranaki Base Hospital



New monitoring systems and a portable hoist




Various equipment

Palmerston North



Redecorating and providing mothers' breastfeeding equipment




A neonatal incubator and improving their paediatric ward

Hutt Hospital



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




Beds for the new Wellington Children’s Hospital

Nelson and Marlborough



A resuscitaire and nasal high flow humidifier

Grey Base Hospital



A jaundice meter, emergency cart and other essential equipment




An incubator, audiology equipment and other essential equipment




Paediatric simulators, oxygen equipment and other essential equipment




Resuscitaire and hospital beds




A sensory tube, wheelchairs and other essential equipment


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