JJ's Hoops for HeartKids

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JJ is using his love of basketball to raise money for HeartKids


Kia ora! My name is JJ Popham, I am 10 years old and live in Lyall Bay in Wellington.

I have set myself a "Hoops for HeartKids" challenge to shoot 624 points in two hours. Why 624 you ask?? Because every year, 624 babies are born with a heart condition in NZ and in 2010, I was one of them!

I was born with Transposition of the Great Arteries where the two main tubes of my heart were the wrong way. At 5 days old I had open heart surgery. I don't remember it but my Mum and Dad say it was a very uncertain and emotional time.

I want to use my love of Basketball to give back to HeartKids and say "Thanks" from me and my whanau for the practical and emotional support they gave during this time. Your kind donations will go 100% to HeartKids.

- You can donate by clicking the donate button on this page.

- UPDATE: Given the Level 2 Covid restrictions in place for Wellington, we are no longer able to have supporters come along to watch and support in person. Instead, we will be live-streaming from the Facebook event page as JJ does the challenge, Friday 25th June 6pm-8pm (Click the FB link below).

Thank you!

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We had to organise a new venue at the last minute but HE DID IT! 🥳

JJ was an absolute champ and managed to shoot the 624 points in 1 & 1/2 hours 👏👏👏

Check out the video on the Facebook link if you would like to watch the whole thing. 🏀


A HUGE thank you to all those who supported JJ and donated to the cause. Heart Kids do amazing work in providing emotional and practical support to NZ families with children with heart conditions 🧡

Thank you 💕

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Roshan Dias
Roshan Dias on 27 Jun 2021
Awesome shooting JJ
Rawiri whanau
Rawiri whanau on 26 Jun 2021
Well done JJ! What an achievement :)
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Guest Donor on 26 Jun 2021
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Yvonne on 25 Jun 2021
JJ you are amazing. My great niece in Australia had to have heart surgery at a week old 15 years ago. So fantastic that Heart Kids are around to support families in New Zealand.

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