SmileDial is a registered charity with a simple goal to put Smiles on the Dials of families who have a child with special needs.
Kelly Dugan started SmileDialNZ nearly 3 years ago after his daughter suffered brain damage during birth. Kelly noticed there was support for his child with special needs but there was limited support for other family members. Kelly created SmileDialNZ to support every family member to ensure everyone has a Smile on their Dial.
Working from his spare room Kelly has grown SmileDialNZ into a New Zealand wide registered charity that has helped thousands of families and passed on over $300,000 worth of goods, services, financial support and created a community that reaches an average of 30,000 people a week. He has done this while facing the daily challenges his daughter has, challenges his family will always have.
SmileDial has been a lot of things to a lot of people - we've helped people get new batteries for their cars, provided Big Nights In for those who can't get out, provided 100's of Christmas presents for families all around NZ, arranged discounted car parking at Christchurch Hospital and arranged discounted counselling for "those" times. Most of all, SmileDial has been a Community for NZ families raising children with Special Needs.
In 2014, SmileDial received a private donation which covered the cost of the CEO's wage. While we have tried various avenues, we haven't been able to lock in any continued funding for 2015.
We're a little charity with big dreams to provide long term help to families around NZ. If we are able to keep our CEO employed full time, we can reach these goals sooner and continue expanding our dream to see people helped through the services we offer.
Please feel free to contact us if you would like information on how to become a major sponsor or have a look at the SmileDialNZ Facebook page to see the work SmileDialNZ does on a daily basis to "Support Kiwi Families Raising Kids With Special Needs".
SmileDial puts Smiles on Dials in many different ways including monthly events that are dedicated to different family members, Family February focuses on the entire family, Mums March focuses on mums, April is all about the Dads and May is dedicated to brothers and sisters of the special needs child and so on.
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