Fantastic Kiwi charity initiatives to get involved with this spring


Fantastic Kiwi charity initiatives to get involved with this spring
Whether it be volunteering your time or sparing a few dollars, you can make a big difference in people's lives by getting involved with these wonderful charity and fundraising initiatives. 

Chow Downs cookbook

Compiled by members and friends of the UpsideDowns Education Trust – a charity which helps Kiwi kids with Down syndrome learn to speak, read and write – Chow Downs: Recipes from the Down Syndrome Community of Aotearoa is a cookbook that features 50 family-friendly recipes, ranging from bliss balls to burgers. The recipe book also features dishes from celebrity guests Mike McRoberts, Dame Denise L’Estrange-Corbet, and Leisel Shepherd and a special te reo Māori recipe, made in collaboration with Garden to Table.

100 per cent of the proceeds from the sale of the book support the education of Kiwi kids with Down syndrome. Order your copy here.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October marks Breast Cancer Awareness month and there are plenty of ways to raise awareness and funds for vital breast cancer research. Grab a bucket and join thousands of volunteers for the Pink Ribbon Street Appeal on 28-29 October across New Zealand. The Pink Ribbon Walk also kicks off this month, starting in Christchurch on 30 October, and across supermarkets and stores you can purchase Pink Products from generous sponsors including Estée Lauder, ghd and Griffin’s with portions of the sales going towards Breast Cancer Foundation NZ’s life-saving work.

Visit to see all the different ways you can get involved.

The Botanist

Award-winning gin maker, The Botanist, has launched a special spring-inspired initiative to raise awareness of sustainable growing practices in Aotearoa. For the month of October, The Botanist is partnering with local bars to raise funds for community gardens in Auckland (Kelmarna Gardens), Wellington (Inner Most Gardens) and Christchurch (Roimata Food Commons). All you have to do is head along to one of the bars and purchase a Botanist Gin drink and $5 will be donated to their local community garden.

Some of participating bars include Palmer, Parasol & Swing, Dirty Little Secret, LuLu Bar, and The Old Vicarage. To see the full list, visit

GiveOUT Day

After its success in Australia, the US and UK, GiveOUT Day is launched in Aotearoa for the first time. Led by the Rainbow New Zealand Charitable Trust, the fundraising campaign is an online peer-to-peer platform that connects donors with 25 rainbow organisations from around the country.

GiveOUT Day NZ kicks off on Thursday 20 October and money raised will go towards supporting the welfare and success of a vibrant LGBTTQIA+ community. Visit


Bellyful is a wonderful charity that cooks and delivers meals to whānau with babies or young children in need. Founded in 2009, the national organisation serves 25 communities and has recently celebrated a major milestone of delivering 200,000 meals.
“They say it takes a village, but we know for many that village does not always exist. So we’re there for anyone who doesn’t have those traditional support networks,” says Bellyful General Manager Wendy Thompson. “These are often exhausted new parents, many who have no extended family locally, or who are just simply going through a tough patch. We also help many whānau where someone is unwell, or who have babies in neonatal units. We’re here for anyone who needs a few meals to get through. We don’t offer advice. We don’t judge. We just provide meals.”
You can get involved by volunteering your time, becoming a regular donor and donating meal ingredients. For more information, visit

Dress for Success

Dress for Success Auckland has launched their Empowering 1000 Women campaign, with a goal to raise $250,000 to go towards empowering women to achieve economic independence. The Auckland charity is one of nine New Zealand branches of the global Dress for Success charity that gives women clothing, skills, tools and support to help get them back on track in their careers and life.
Given the fact that globally, women have been disproportionately affected by job losses during the pandemic, it’s a great initiative to get involved with, by way of donating clothing or funds. Visit


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