Community Involvement

Cure Kids is the largest funder of child health research outside the government sector. Since Cure Kids was established by Rotary in 1971 as the Child Health Research Foundation, it has helped save and improve the lives of thousands of kids in New Zealand and around the world.

“Our partnership with Smiths City plays a critical role in making measurable differences to the current and future generations of children and their communities,”
Frances Benge – CEO

What we did this year:
Smiths City, its staff and customers raised over $29,000 for Cure Kids in the last year. This included cash donations and the collection of customer donations to Cure Kids through the store network. As we opened stores carrying the new Live Better brand format in Auckland and Whangarei we auctioned products and donated the proceeds to the charity.

To find out more: curekids.org.nz

Annual Report10

The Burwood Spinal Unit
The Burwood Spinal Unit provides services for people with spinal cord impairment resulting from accident, illness or hereditary causes. It provides comprehensive, interdisciplinary assessment, treatment and rehabilitation for people who live throughout the South Island and the lower half of the North Island.

“To be able to stay onsite and close to the spinal unit to support loved ones or have treatment is a huge help for family and patients during a stressful time. With the support of Smiths City, we have
been able to make the units as homely and inviting as possible,”
Sally Nicholas – Group Operations Manager,
Older Persons Health and Rehabilitation

What we did this year:
We helped furnish and provide appliances for Burwood Spinal Unit’s Tapper accommodation facilities, which reopened following earthquake repairs in June 2017. The units provide lodging for patients’ families and outpatients who normally live outside Christchurch.

To find out more: cdhb.health.nz/Hospitals-Services/Specialist-Care/Spinal-Unit

KidsCan is helping Kiwi kids living in hardship reach their full potential and create brighter futures. The charity provides more than 718 primary, intermediate and high school children in lower decile schools with food, clothing and health and hygiene items so they can get into the classroom and have an equal opportunity to learn and thrive. KidsCan does this because it believes that education equals opportunity, and all children, regardless of their social and economic background should have an equal chance.

“KidsCan simply wouldn’t exist without the generosity of caring Kiwis, sponsors and donors like Smiths City who give generously to ensure children in need in New Zealand get to school in a position to learn.”
Julie Chapman
– Founder and CEO

What we did this year.
Smiths City staff this year elected to forgo a Christmas gift in favour of a donation of $5,500 to a worthy charity. The staff settled on KidsCan because they wanted to support one that operated throughout New Zealand and reached into the communities where Smiths City operates.

To find out more: kidscan.org.nz

Ronald McDonald House South Island provides free accommodation to over 700 families each year who must travel to Christchurch or Invercargill for their child’s medical treatment. By removing the stresses of everyday life, they ensure families can focus on what matters most – their child.

“Since the Christchurch House first opened in 2003, Smiths City has walked hand-in-hand with our team to provide ongoing support. From monetary donations through to special gifts for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, we simply couldn’t do what we do without supporters like Smiths City,”
Mandy Kennedy – CEO

What we did this year:
We provided furniture and appliances for accommodation units, helping to create an environment that is truly welcoming and provides respite from the hospital.

To find out more: rmhsi.org.nz

Other organisations we supported:
citymission.org.nz
heartkids.org.nz
maiahealth.org.nz