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Patience Project - Let's get sick children back in the classroom with their mates!

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Given by 96 generous donors in around 4 months

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Help us get at least 100 children isolated through long-term illness connected with their friends and whanau via our innovative technology.

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"Young people living with an illness are recognised as amongst the most disadvantaged and isolated patients in the health care system... internationally." (David et al, 2008)

The research is clear, absence from school resulting from illness or its treatment, is a problem with major educational and social consequences.

We want your help in raising our goal so we can make 100 children socially isolated through a long-term illness feel included again. It's hard enough dealing with the medical intervention and treatment, for kids to be forgotten by friends and school at the same time makes it doubly so.

Every $3500 raised enables us to connect another child. Every little bit counts -- you will make a difference.

The Patience Project creates a sense of connectedness and increased well-being, by placing 360° live streaming cameras into a child's classroom and allowing them to be a part of the classroom vibe, no matter where they are. They can see and hear everything - they are virtually there!

Independent research into the effectiveness of the Patience Project, undertaken by the University of Auckland in 2018, shows that we can make a significant difference in well-being, by keeping the children socially in-touch with their friends and their education. In collaboration with the Starship Foundation, we are undertaking further research with 40 children currently undergoing treatment at Starship Children's Hospital.

About us

The Patience Project offers young people with a long-term illness a chance to re-engage with the world through innovative technology.

Use of funds

The funds will be used to purchase 360-degree live streaming cameras to place in classrooms, VR headsets, mobile connectivity, streaming airtime, support resources and research.

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    Guest Donor 5 days ago


    I saw your clip from the AM Show via LinkedIn. Great initiative, I wish you all the best.


  • Caroline Robins

    Caroline Robins 5 days ago


    Best wishes to achieve your goal. Such a brilliant concept.


  • On behalf of Jack Fleming

    On behalf of Jack Fleming on 12 Jul 2019


    Hi Ben, Very impressed to see you the other day on the AM show and we lost our lovely nephew Jack Fleming to cancer at 16 so have empathy for you but so moved to see what you are doing for the kids and wish you all the best with the project - I can only imagine the pain of losing your son Liam but I am in awe of what you are doing and I don't know you but you make me so proud! From one family to another, sending our love and best wishes for your project - WOW just WOW awesome Liam would be so proud of his dear old Dad! Well done lots of love Pete Fleming and family xxxx


  • Guest Donor

    Guest Donor on 12 Jul 2019


    Getting our teen back to school as soon as possible after each chemo was fundamental to his mental well-being. Extremely important to keep in touch with mates and up to date with school


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This page was created on 13 Mar 2019 and closes on 13 Mar 2020.
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