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DHL staff give to Kidz First

DHL staff give to Kidz First


Auckland, 5 June 2008 – Staff from DHL Express NZ have donated over $14,000 to the Kidz First Children’s Hospital at Middlemore today.

The money was raised through personal donations from DHL staff and will be used to purchase several syringe pumps for a new Intensive Care Unit at the hospital. Syringe pumps are used for administering medicine to critically ill children.

After a staff member’s family was tragically affected by meningitis, DHL staff chose to donate the money to Kidz First due to its commitment to treating children with serious illnesses including meningitis.

“I am incredibly grateful that children in need will be receiving these funds,” says Tui Kennar, DHL Priority Support Executive. “When DHL staff learned that I lost my wife to meningitis they were very supportive of me and the charity. The thought that their donations will contribute to saving or extending someone’s life, or give them a better quality of life is without a doubt a blessing”.

Derek Anderson, General Manager, DHL Express NZ says, “DHL is proud that it can be of help in any small part to assist in the treatment of children, particularly in the Counties Manukau region where we are based. We are all very passionate about our Charity of Choice programme whereby staff nominate an organisation and raise funds annually. This donation to Kidz First Children’s Hospital resonates particularly with the staff”.

Michelle Kidd, Public Relations Officer from the South Auckland Health Foundation was thrilled to receive the call from DHL, “It was especially meaningful to hear that staff at DHL had chosen Kidz First Children’s Hospital as the recipient charity for the proceeds they had raised,” she said. “The DHL staff have obviously worked very hard to raise these funds which we will use to purchase several syringe pumps. The South Auckland Health Foundation are very grateful that a local business has chosen to support Kidz First Children’s Hospital, here at Middlemore”.

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