Plunge into an icy pool to help heart kids. Form a team of 4-6 people, dress in fancy costume and plunge into an icy spa pool for 5 minutes whilst raising funds for @Heart.
Your act of courage will help @Heart to support the 12 Kiwi kids born every week with a heart defect.
For these babies and their families the challenges are lifelong as, whilst there are surgical procedures that can improve a heart's function, there is no cure for a congenital heart condition.
Every year, 450 open heart surgeries are performed on children in NZ, some of them in their first days of life. During the surgery a child’s chest cavity can be filled with an icy slush to slow the heart rate and metabolism, giving the surgeon a longer window of operating time. This is the inspiration for Heart Stopper Challenge.
@Heart is a nationwide organisation and receives no government funding. We rely on voluntary donations and support to make our work possible. Your generosity helps us to continue providing the practical, emotional and psycho-social support needed by heart children and their families in New Zealand.
Register a team or sponsor a plunger for the Heart Stopper Challenge event at http://www.heartstopper.org.nz/
Details of the Heart Stopper Challenge events:
Auckland Les Mills Auckland City, 186 Victoria Street West 1.50pm start Friday, 17th May
Wellington Frank Kitts Park, Wellington Waterfront 11am – 2pm Saturday, 18th May
Manawatu The Square, Palmerston North 10 am registration Sunday, 19th May
Waikato The Base, Te Rapa, Hamilton 11am Sunday, 26th May
West Coast Greymouth Aquatic Centre 6th May PAST