Zae the boy with the big Heart needs our support

$33,859 donated
Given by 550 generous donors in around 3 months

Zae is fighting for his life in hospital. Any donations to help make Zae's rehabilitation Easier will be sincerely appreciated.


This give a little page is created with the permission of Zae's family. For those of you who know Zae you will know he is a very talented Rugby League and rugby player. He is a very strong athletic young man who has been in Australia playing league and has just recently returned to NZ to continue playing league with the Northcote Tigers. Unfortunately Zae has only played one game with them before being struck down with a sudden illness. Not only is he athletic but he has a great sense of humor and is a great friend to all his mates.

Zae had the flu which progressed to pneumonia and subsequently a serious infection that has left him fighting for his life in Auckland City hospital. He is currently on a ventilator and an ECMO machine.

When Zae recovers from this he is going to require a lot of rehabilitation and it will be a long road back for him to be the young fit healthy young man he was prior to this illness.

Zae had just started a job and will not be eligible for ACC while he is sick. He has already spent nearly four weeks in hospital.

While visiting Zae in hospital it makes me feel helpless that there is nothing we can do for him. I believe most people feel the same. This is one way the wider community can show our support for Zae and his family during his recovery.

Laurie Battersby's involvement (page creator)

We have known Zae since he was a wee boy. My husband coached him when he played Rugby and he is a good friend of my son Joel.

Use of funds

Zae for his rehabilitation.

Any surplus money will be donated to a charity of Zae's choice.

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Latest update

Update for Zae and the funds that were recieved  23 August 2019

Its hard to believe that it has been over two months since our gorgeous Zae passed away.

This page was never started with even the remote thought that Zae would die it was meant for his rehabilitation. Unfortunately money couldn't save our Zae but it certainly helped with the financial burden. Myself and the family have been overwhelmed with the generosity of everyone who donated to Zae, family friend and strangers alike.

The money has been used for the funeral and the remaining money will be used to fund some "Zae Wallace" memorial initiatives in the various sporting communities that he was passionate about.

Also mea/alofa (gifts/donations) have been dispersed to charities: CVICU Auckland Hospital and Heart for Youth as would have been Zae's wishes.

Once again my heartfelt thanks to everyone who donated and to the "Give a little" staff who have been very supportive.

"Rest In Peace our Zae you will always be missed and in our hearts forever" xxxx

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Guest Donor
Guest Donor on 23 Jun 2019
BMX432 on 22 Jun 2019
So sorry Rosa . Aroha nui to you and your whanau. Kia kaha babe. Your in my prayers Bernie
Olya on 06 Jun 2019
Guest Donor
Guest Donor on 06 Jun 2019
My heartfelt love goes out to the family and friends of this young man.
Citywide Electrical
Citywide Electrical on 04 Jun 2019
We are deeply saddened to hear the loss of your darling son Zae. Our hearts go out to you and your loved whanau.

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Created by Laurie Battersby
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Paying to a verified bank account of Rosa Wallace on behalf of Zae Wallace
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This page was created on 1 May 2019 and closed on 1 Aug 2019.