New Zealand Cricket has a new team at the heart of the game.
NZC has joined forces with Heart Kids New Zealand as its official charity for the next two years. Heart Kids provides lifelong care to those affected by childhood heart defects and this year they are celebrating their 30th anniversary.
NZC Chief Executive David White says that while our flagship teams the BLACKCAPS and White Ferns have regularly undertaken community work, it’s a step forward to formalise a relationship with one charity.
“As we head into an exciting summer for our sport with the co-hosting of ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, we are keen to see the BLACKCAPS engage more with the community and reach out to a wider group of fans.”
“It’ll be great to play our part in helping such a worthwhile cause - one that affects 12 Kiwi families every week.”
Heart Kids Chief Executive Officer Rob Lutter says today’s announcement is a real boost for the charity’s awareness month.
“We’re honoured to be working with the NZC team. This relationship will assist us in raising awareness of congenital and childhood heart disease, which affects so many in our community.
“Heart Kids is the only charity in New Zealand supporting kids and families affected by childhood heart defects, and we work with over 2500 families every year. The opportunities this relationship presents are very exciting, and we’re looking forward to a great partnership.”
Every year 600 New Zealand families have a new born with heart defects – making it our most common serious birth abnormality. To show your support for Heart Kids text HEART to 2427 to donate $3, or go to givingatheart.org.nz