Northland Foundation was originally established in 2004 ( as the Northland Community Foundation) - created by and for the people of Northland. Thier goal is to provide a simple, effective and long-lasting way for you to give to local causes now and in the future, through a mix of endowment funds and living giving.
The Northland Foundation takes care of our charitable accounts and major fundraising.
Click here for the Northland Foundations latest newsletter.
In 2015, Health Fund Plus fund was set up. This allows people to make donations and gifts to our Northland hospitals or services for the “optional extras” that are so important to patients and their families. You choose exactly where you want your gift to go, and we make sure that is exactly where it ends up.
We can hold these funds for perpetuity, invested with Craigs Investment Partners and deliver the interest from these funds back to Health services.
Or you can choose to fund services directly or choose to start your own special fund in the area of health. Named funds are available from $50,000.
Click here to read more about Health Fund PLUS.
The Jim Carney Cancer Treatment Centre was built so that many Northlanders would be able to have treatment in Whangarei, in a state of the art facility, saving the long trip to Auckland and back.
Northland Foundation was the force behind the original fundraising programme to build the Cancer Centre. “Project Promise” galvanised a region to raise $3m in 3 years to build this vital Centre for people in Northland dealing with Cancer.
Click here for details about funding for the Jim Carney Cancer Treatment Centre.
Jim Carney Cancer Treament Centre 'Buy a Brick' Fundraising Campaign
The “Brick Wall” inside the Jim Carney Cancer Treatment Centre was part of the “Project Promise” fundraising programme. More than 400 bricks were sold during the campaign. Now that the Centre is built, bricks are still available for purchase for $1,000 to support the ongoing work of the Centre.
You will see that every brick has a message on it. You can choose your own message (up to 40 characters) so that “your” brick is special and personalised. The gift of a brick is greatly valued by the team at the Jim Carney Cancer Treatment Centre as it is a visual reminder of the people who have supported their work, as well as a reminder of the funds that have been raised.
Click here to send an email about buying a brick.
Over 7500 children and babies are admitted to one of the four Northland hospitals each year. Funds raised by the Countdown Kids Hospital Appeal help Northland DHB Maternal and Child Health Services provide families with travel incubators, apnoea monitors, scanners, breast pumps, an electronic hoist with scales, humidifiers, La-Z-Boy chairs and a range of medical equipment across the SCBU, Maternity Services and other departments.
Last year Countdown presented Northland DHB Child Health Services with $112,158 thanks to the amazing support from the Northland community.
Four year-old Whaiawa Tito, who like her dad Pat, has Type 1 diabetes. There is no cure for Type 1 diabetes, and it requires constant careful self-management and good medical care.
Whaiawa is the Northland face of the 2018 Countdown Kids Hospital Appeal which was launched in August and raises funds that will be given to the DHB to buy medical equipment to help ease the stress on the lives of families with a range of medical conditions.
Mum Lisa says because Whaiawa's body doesn't produce insulin, every time she eats they need to know exactly how many carbohydrates are in what she's eating.
"With the help from dieticians, we work out ratios to figure out how much insulin to give her. We also have to watch how much activity she does to ensure she doesn't get too low. It can be especially difficult during an illness, which means something like a tummy bug can be life-threatening to her."
When Whaiawa was diagnosed, the Tito's decided to look for other options to reduce the need for Whaiawa to be finger pricked up to 15 times per day.
Both Whaiawa and Pat started using Freestyle Libre Blood Sugar Sensors, which constantly monitor their insulin levels without the need for needles. The couple said they wouldn't consider giving them up, despite the hefty $100 per fortnight cost to the family.
The Northland DHB is hoping to use a portion of the funds raised from the 2018 Countdown Kids Hospital Appeal to purchase a stock of Freestyle Libre Blood Sugar Sensors to loan out to families who can't afford the device.
Click here to access the Coundown Kids Hospital Appeal.