In fact, thanks 1.3million! Because with our customers help that’s how much we’ve raised for the Starship Foundation.
The funds we donate to Starship go towards the projects, programmes and equipment like those below, to care for New Zealand’s youth and their families.
A special Cooking School
That helps kids like three-year-old Jackson who was born with Tyrosinaemia. As a baby Jackson was diagnosed with acute liver failure at Christchurch hospital before being transferred by the Starship National Air Ambulance Service to Starship Hospital. It was at Starship that his incredibly rare condition was diagnosed - he is the only case in New Zealand! His mum attended our special cooking classes to learn more about the special diet Jackson needs.
Together with Marty the Backyard Cook, New World and Starship are running special cooking classes across New Zealand for children with serious metabolic disorders that mean the body cannot process proteins. To help these kids and their families with their very restrictive diet, we created a special set of recipes, taught in a fun cooking class for the children and their parents. The new recipes mean they have more (and tastier!) variety in their daily diet.
More than 800 fruit baskets each year
Every week New World delivers crates of fresh fruit to the Starship Hospital parent kitchens, to help give family members access to free, healthy food options while they support their loved ones in hospital.
Major funding partner of the General Paediatric Ward
We’re so proud to have contributed to Starship’s all new General Paediatrics Ward, a significant refurbishment project that has made an impact on hundreds of New Zealand families. Like looking after Olivia who was in Starship Hospital when her kidneys failed. She spent almost two months in the new General Paediatric Ward to get better and is getting better by the day, she’s even back at school with her friends.
We’re particularly excited to have funded the all new family lounge and kitchen facilities on the General Paediatrics Ward – they’re now bigger, brighter and more comfortable spaces that will mean those caring for their little loved ones at Starship are better supported in their time of need too.
Life-saving equipment for the Newborn Intensive Care Unit
Starship’s New born Intensive Care Unit admits more than 1000 babies each year from all over New Zealand who require specialist care. Like little Matthew, who contracted a bacterial blood infection that saw him rushed into NICU at just 2 days old. Thanks to the specialised newborn medical care he received, Matthew is home and happy with Mum and the rest of his family.
To ensure babies receive the very best care possible, we funded vital equipment including a new wall-mounted infant warmer which provides light and warmth should a baby need resuscitation. In addition, a new high-tech ventilation monitor will allow continuous measurement of blood oxygen levels for babies who are not able to breathe on their own.
The Starship National Feeding Clinic
By supporting this special clinic you’ve helped kids like four-year-old Luca, who has been unable to eat solid food until his family received the help of this new initiative fully funded by New World. Now, Luca is learning to find a love of food! The Feeding Clinic brings together a team of psychologists, nutrition, and speech & language therapists to work together to assess children with feeding difficulties.
The Feeding Clinic aims to help treat children who have severe allergies, food aversions or medical complications that affect nutrition, so ultimately they can eat and enjoy food on their own.
The Starship Foundation
As a proudly 100% New Zealand owned and operated business New World is committed to being a positive part of the communities in which we operate. '
New World has been a Five Star Sponsor of the Starship Foundation since 2014. The Foundation is a social-profit organisation that raises funds so that Starship Children's Health, New Zealand's only national children's hospital, can better care for the nearly 120,000 visits each year from its young patients.
Through funds donated from New World and through the generosity of New World customers, we're able to make a real difference for many New Zealand families from around the country.