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2014 Countdown Kids Appeal raises $129,054.00

Countdown Kids appeal, with help from Northlanders, has raised $129,054 for the children’s ward at Whangarei Hospital.

Countdown store manager and area champion Snow Tane noted that the range of fundraising activities this year has been amazing.

“Quiz nights, pot luck dinners, at a time when things are tight for families, has meant that we along the people of Northland, have raised nearly $40,000 more than last year.”

Northland DHB chief executive Dr Nick Chamberlain says that meeting with the Countdown staff was one of his favourite things.

“Countdown’s support is fantastic. As well as treating those children who need hospital treatment in a ward, more and more, we are treating children, especially chronically ill children, in their communities which is made a whole lot easier with a donation such as this.”  

Northland’s face of this year’s Countdown Kids appeal, Katie Reed, 10, was on-hand to receive the enormous cheque.

Katie, who has bronchiectasis, is someone who has benefitted first hand from the Countdown Kids appeal. She was diagnosed with Bronchiectasis (permanent enlargement of the airways of the lung) two years ago, following seven bouts of pneumonia in 15 months.  She spends a lot of time in hospital having antibiotics for lung infections, and has relied on respiratory support and blood pressure monitors purchased with the funds from previous appeals.

Katie Reed, 10, helped by the Countdown and DHB staff, receives the mammoth cheque. 




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