At just 8 years old, Lavenita faced a daunting battle with rheumatic fever. But with the unwavering support of Starship she’s getting better and better every day!
Read Lavenita's inspiring story in full and find out how wonderful customers like you are helping to improve outcomes for children with rheumatic fever by supporting critical updates to the New Zealand Guidelines for Rheumatic Fever and Rheumatic Heart Disease Diagnosis and Management.
A TEASPOON OF GENEROSITY,
A PINT OF KINDNESS
Over the last 22 years, we've done a whole lot to support the thousands of brave little superheroes at Starship, thanks to the $14.2 million you've helped us raise, we've managed to achieve some incredible things...
CUSTOMER FUNDED PROJECTS
The generosity of our customers has helped to fund projects over the years such as:
an amazing $3.8m transformation of this crucial service that sees over 80,000 outpatients every year.
a flying intensive care unit to treat critically ill and injured children from all over the country and transport them to Starship Hospital.
TWO SPECIAL EMERGENCY TRANSPORT SYSTEMS
fitted out with life-saving equipment to bring desperately sick babies to Starship from anywhere in the country.
A MOBILE EAR CLINIC
providing free ear checks and specialist ear health services to children in the community.
EXPANDED NEUROPSYCHOLOGY SERVICE
the pilot phase of this project saw patient waiting times reduce from 12 to 3 months.
SQUIGGLE STANDING FRAME
assisting children to stand in physical therapy.
AN INTERACTIVE STARSHIP 360 EXPERIENCE
supporting the psychological wellbeing of children in hospital.
STRENGTHENING STARSHIP’S PAIN SERVICE
for children and staff in the new Medical Specialties and Neuroservices wards (Level 6).
to brighten the walls of the wards and make the environment more child friendly.
FOUR HEAT TABLES
to keep vulnerable and premature babies warm.
A WAITING ROOM OUTSIDE THE OPERATING THEATRES
where families can wait close by whilst their child is having surgery.
MORE THAN 200 DEDICATED FOLD-DOWN BEDS
provided in the rooms for a parent/caregiver to stay with their child in comfort.
STARSHIP’S PAEDIATRIC INTENSIVE CARE UNIT (PICU)
supporting the vital care provided by PICU which exists for children who are critically injured, acutely ill or have undergone complex surgery.
including an introduction course and equipment.
A SPECIALISED SENSORY PLAY TROLLEY CALLED A 'SNOEZELEN' WAGON
which can be taken to the rooms of children unable to leave their beds.
was upgraded and transformed.
THE DEVELOPMENT OF WORLD-CLASS CLINICAL SKILLS TRAINING PROGRAMMES
for clinical teams to train and practice their skills.
CONSULT LIAISON ROOMS
had it's first upgrade since the hospital was built in 1992 with new purpose-built play room, an infant feeding therapy room and whānau room.
VITAL EQUIPMENT FOR THE HEART UNIT
including and echocardiography system to give surgeons 4D images of the heart.
THE SCRIPT APP
Script for Paediatrics is an app that makes prescribing antibiotics smarter and more efficient.
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY'S CURTAIN BANK
enabling families to live in warmer, healthier homes.
NEW ZEALAND RHEUMATIC FEVER AND RHEUMATIC HEART DISEASE GUIDELINES FOR DIAGNOSIS AND MANAGEMENT
protecting our vulnerable communities and ensuring better outcomes for our children.
“We are so grateful for the longstanding support of Mercury and its wonderful customers.
For over 20 years, you’ve stood alongside us, helping to make a meaningful difference for Starship children and their families across Aotearoa New Zealand.
Since 2001, you’ve contributed over $14.2 million towards our national children’s hospital, helping us to create warmer drier homes for Kiwi families, provide over 200 fold-down beds for parents so they can stay overnight comfortably with their children, expand our paediatric ICU, refurbish our outpatients clinic and so much more.
From all of us at the Starship Foundation - thank you so much for helping us to bring better health and brighter futures to the children of Aotearoa.”
- Starship Foundation Chief Executive, Joanna Simon.