Kidz First Children’s Hospital

Aucklanders dug deep into their pockets in the lead up to Christmas to put smiles on the faces of sick children spending Christmas at Kidz First Children’s Hospital.

The Mazda Foundation invited people to purchase an extra gift while out Christmas shopping for the children at Kidz First and the tills rang in response. A Mazda CX-7 vehicle stationed at Westfield shopping malls around Auckland was filled to the brim with presents which were delivered to Kidz First Children’s Hospital in Manukau City – in time for Christmas.

“We have been overwhelmed with the generosity of people,” said Pamela Tregonning, Executive Director for the South Auckland Health Foundation. “It has brought happiness and excitement to these youngsters’ lives at a time when they most need it.”

Kidz First, at Manukau’s Middlemore Hospital, has an 82 bed inpatient facility and specialises in burns, plastics and orthopaedic treatment and has a Neonatal Unit for premature and critically ill newborns.

Each year 11,000 children are admitted to Kidz First and 20,000 are treated in one of the busiest emergency departments in the Southern Hemisphere. Christmas is a particularly busy time with lots of new patient admissions.