A run down of some memorable pages and significant events for Givealittle.
A fleet of retired ambulances from Aotearoa has arrived in Ukraine to deliver medical supplies and care while the war with Russia continues on.
The seven St John ambulances bear names that reflect te ao Māori principles and were officially accepted into Ukrainian medical teams in a ceremony on Tuesday.
Givealittle's first Generosity Report is published for the 2022 financial year and we think it's pretty beautiful. The report is a collection of stats and case studies that try to capture the amazing Kiwi generosity that we are so proud to be a part of. A special thank you to Jason Hooker and his Whanau, along with Kids Can who appeared in our feature on 1News.
Generosity Report PDF
January - February 2023
The North Island experienced extreme weather conditions back to back in early 2023 where thousands of people lost their belongings and homes intense flooding in Auckland, and then Cyclone Gabrielle which hit especially hard in Napier, Hawkes Bay, Esk Valley (and surrounds). Kiwi's acted quickly, creating over 100 pages overall to help those who needed it.
Givealittle - Crowdfunding as part of a disaster response
When 19-year-old Cole was diagnosed with cancer, his loved ones and community rallied. Cole's brother organised a 24hr cycle-a-thon which raised over $17k for the Huntingtons to help them with day-to-day essentials, and extra help during a very trying time.
Kiwi charity led by founder Mike Seawrite has so far raised over $220k from over one thousand donors. Since his arrival, ReliefAid has delivered more than six tonnes of food to places that have already seen the worst of the war and remain under attack.
Conversationalist Russell Cullen (70) set out to cycle from Cape Rienga to Bluff to raise funds for Wingspan Birds of Prey Trust, but he sadly passed away while more than 1000kms into his journey. His friend and riding buddy Robert Chandler finished the ride in Russell's honour, even carrying Russel's plushie companion; a gift from his wife - a kārearea to the finish.
A group of uni mates raised over 40k by playing a non-stop overnight game of backyard cricket. Donations for Gumboot Friday goes provide free counselling for young people by registered mental health practitioners.
15 classrooms fundraised nearly 40k by holding a fundraising fiesta to raise money for new digital devices and tools, classroom furniture and additional staffing for enrichment programmes.
Alan cycled from cape reinga to bluff in 34 days and raised over 40k on behalf of the Hawkes Bay Cancer Society and the Rotary International Immunisation Project for Children.
In November 2020, Jack Keeys is running the Auckland Marathon bright red gumboots to raise awareness as well as funds for Melanoma New Zealand and the Rural Support Trust. Jack has a very close connection with both charities and was a competitive runner in high-school where he won the NZ 4km Championship.
Thousands of New Zealanders and 14 fundraisers pitched in to help Hollie receive immunotherapy treatments in Spain.
Melissa Henry fundraised $7,000 for a year on Givealittle to get a Seabin installed at Pier 2 in the Gisborne Marina. Her motivation for the project came after seeing litter in the ocean while out on a boat with her father. Melissa wanted to make it a community effort in hopes of raising awareness about litter in the marina - mission accomplished!
Orana Park Zoo in Christchurch depends on visitor entry fees for their income, and the Covid 19 lockdown put their budget into a tailspin. When Orana Park needed some help to care for their beloved animals, and you - the donor came to the rescue!
The people have spoken, and they wanted Jack’s mullet to stay! Jack helped raise over 15k for Bald Angels Charitable Trust who provide care for vulnerable kids in the Northland community.
17 year old George Glover completed his record-breaking swim across the length of the Queen Charlotte Sound - TWICE, and smashed his goal raising funds for Key to Life. Swimming Queen Charlotte Sound had never been done before and his swim raised $64,092! To George and your support team: you are so incredible!
On Monday 21st of October, the amazing Albie Roebeck broke a Guinness World Record for "Longest Punchbag Marathon" to raise awareness for Mental Health and reduce the stigma around suicide and depression, fundraising for Wood For the Trees and Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand.
Albie had to punch a boxing bag for 60 hours continually under a strict set of rules! His world record attempt took place at Boxing Alley on Monday 21 October 2019.
Te Ao Maori News
Great New Zealanders Gareth and Tom broke a tyre-flipping Guinness world record for a cause that was important to them - Mental Health - and to raise awareness about the high suicide rates in Maori and Pacific males. They raised $12,601 for the Sir John Kirwan Foundation. Donations made to the Givealittle page went to support Sir John Kirwan Foundation.
Bryce Casey from The Rock’s Morning Rumble team bowled for 58 hours straight and raised $366,600 for Mike King’s I Am Hope charity.
Kiwis are on track to raise over $37K by wearing their Loud Shirts while helping deaf children via The Hearing House https://givealittle.co.nz/cause/loud-shirt-day-2019
Mike King's I Am Hope foundation raised $392,568 on Givealittle, as part of their Gumboot Friday campaign to provide free counselling for kids in need.
After the Christchurch shootings thousands of people turned to Givealittle to express solidarity and support for those affected. The main Victim Support page on Givealittle received 97k donations from 139 countries. A selection of donation comments was collated into an artwork to capture some of the heartfelt sentiments.
Alofa Mo Samoa A few All Blacks pledged $30k, and spearheaded this campaign to support effected families directly who had lost loved ones as a result of the Measles epidemic in Samoa.
Rugby players, businesses, and schools joined in to help and raised $129K for Ka'iulani's treatment to beat Neuroblastoma.
After months of cancer treatment in Spain, in January 2019 she was reported to be cancer free, healthy, and happy.
The community came together to help Bob Mehrtens get his tractor and plough to Kenya, where he won Silver in the reversible ploughing class.
Maggie's dad raised nearly $15K to bring her to NZ all the way from Mexico.
She now lives a life a luxury and you can even follow her on social media!
$120K raised to secure the future of Mt Hutt Bike Park. To quote organiser Daniel Burgess "The people that put their money into it can feel proud to be involved in something that is totally a community-led project for the community."
$91K raised to give Radio Active a new lease on life and keep it as a proud supporter of local music and creative communities in Wellington.
Lots of pages were set up to support those impacted by the Christchurch fires and help with rebuilding, including $412K raised to help the family of Steve Askin, a helicopter pilot killed in an accident while fighting a blaze.
Over $2M pledged by 32,329 generous backers.
Donors through Givealittle raised half a million dollars for victims of the Nepal earthquake in less than two weeks.
People from all around the world contributed to a fund to thank Lucy, for her brave actions defending a mugging victim.
Campbell Live viewers banded together to raise more than $200,000 for this Te Aroha couple.
At the end of January Elise Alexandra Grace Noel was born – the baby Doctor Jared was desperate to meet, and did thanks to Givealittle donors.
Fans showed their support for another chance at winning the America’s Cup.
Baby Lily was born prematurely in China, but thanks to donors she got home safely.
Givealittle donors raised enough money for surgery to fix Robbie’s brain.
We see the power of Kiwis using social networks in action again with the '7K in 14 days' cause.
The cause to support the families of the Pike River Miners raised $80,000.
The New Zealand Red Cross’ cause for Samoa raised more than $200,000.
Moggies from around the country battle it out to be NZ's Next Top Cat Model and raise plenty for SPCA & Lonely Miaow.
Our first really big page. Hundreds of people around the world chip in to bring injured Kiwi Julie home from Vietnam.