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Published on Jul 2, 2011
Koru Care (NZ) is a registered charitable trust. Our volunteer team work for no financial reward, donating time and expertise to make dreams come true for children who have drawn the short straw.
In making dreams come true for sick and disabled children, we're also helping their families. Often, an injection of enjoyment helps to change a child's outlook, which can improve day-to-day life for their family and friends. Koru Care is well known for delivering dreams in the form of memorable overseas trips, Disneyland -- USA and ,Gold Coast -- Australia, are the dream destinations that we have focused on, closer to home we put on events for the children and our annual Christmas harbour cruise and picnic. The children who have benefited from Koru Care's help, and those who will benefit in the future, are chosen because we're their only chance of having a wish come true. For those with a real need, we make sure dreams become reality. Koru Care Kids Who are the Koru Care Kids? The children that come to Koru Care asking for help have been betrayed by their bodies. In some cases they have cancer, kidney disease or heart problems, in other cases they've lost the use of limbs or have serious congenital abnormalities. But they still have the capacity to smile, laugh and create good memories; they just need someone to wave a magic wand.
For a child with major challenges in their lives, every day is a round of personal invasions. Their life is in the hands of medical professionals, family members and caregivers.. For these children independence is just a dream. Others are constantly monitoring what they eat, what medicines they take and what their bodies are doing. It's likely they have plenty of time to dream, and wish and hope. But it's also likely that their family's financial circumstances, and extreme care requirement will always stand in the way of making their dreams come true.
Just knowing that something wonderful is going to happen is enough to make a difference. Suddenly, a child that couldn't see past the daily routine of illness or disability can see all the way to Disney Land or the Gold Coast. Often their health will improve, even if the long term forecast isn't good. The mind is a powerful thing, when it can glimpse light at the end of the tunnel.