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Variety Seeks Talented Kiwi Kids For Gold Heart Scholarships

Variety Seeks Talented Kiwi Kids For Gold Heart Scholarships

Variety – The Children’s Charity wants to help Kiwi kids reach their full potential in education, music, art, and sport through its Gold Heart Scholarship programme.

Applications for Gold Heart Scholarships are now open. Gold Heart Scholarships provide talented Kiwi kids who are sick, disabled or disadvantaged with up to $5,000 to support their goal and matches them with a mentor to assist them. To apply children should already be proficient in their field and show passion and commitment to achieve a long-term aspirational goal.

A unique aspect of the scholarship is that each recipient is assigned a leading professional or celebrity mentor to encourage and support them throughout the year.

Eleven – year - old Tupou Neifi, a 2013 Gold Heart Scholarship recipient, says there are no words to express how grateful she is for her scholarship.

“Being a Gold Heart Scholarship recipient has helped me get a step closer to achieving my dream of one day representing New Zealand as a Paralympic swimmer. Nothing is ever easy, but with hard work, determination, self-belief and the love and support of family and friends we can achieve anything!" she said.

With her scholarship, Mangere local Tupou is well on her way to becoming a world-class Paralympic Swimmer. Five nights a week she trains with other young athletes at her swim school in Pakuranga.

Tupou’s 2013 Gold Heart Scholarship was kindly funded by Westfield Manukau.

Gold Heart Scholarships form part of Variety’s Future Kiwi Kids programme. The Variety Gold Heart Scholarship Programme makes up to $5,000 available per annum for up to three years to help children who are physically or financially challenged to fulfill their dreams. This could include assisting with tuition fees, personal development, coaching, and the purchase of training equipment, travel or accommodation.

Applications close on March 29, 2014.

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