We first teamed up with the Surgical Research Trust (SRT) a few years back when we began donating phil&teddy bears to help young children get through the emotional stress of surgery. The bears, dressed in hospital gowns, are helpful for doctors to explain to their young patients the procedure they are to undergo. We know hospitals can sometimes be a scary and lonely experience for a child, so giving them a friend to name and adopt helps tremendously.
Last year we decided to raise some much needed funds for the SRT on top of our annual $25k donation, and a few months back were invited along to their 10th anniversary. Case studies and findings were laid before us, and by the end of the presentation we understood just how worthwhile their research is. We all agreed that they were most deserving of any funds we could raise for them. Not only does their work benefit all members of the New Zealand community, their research holds tremendous significance internationally. After an enlightening evening, we decided to get in touch with Trade Me, another super kiwi company. With their help we auctioned off ten phil&teds dash buggies over ten weeks, and in turn raised nearly $6,000 for the trust.
All in all the auction was a great success – some new kiwi parents got great deals whilst supporting a worthy cause.
A big thank you to everyone involved and a special thanks all buggy bidders!