True Colours

About True Colours

Cynthia Ward is the founder and CEO/Nurse Specialist of True Colours. Cynthia's vision is for all children who live with serious illness and their families to gain the support they require not only in nursing care but the psychological support that is essential regarding the impact of the illness on the individual and relationships within the family unit.

Resiliency in the face of life itself

The year is drawing to a close and there have been significant, profound and challenging times for many. There have been moments of sheer beauty, excruciating pain, the birth of new relationships, and closing of others; and the end of the year is often time for reflection. True Colours has had its own rebirthing of [...]

By | August 19th, 2015|A word from Cynthia|0 Comments

Resiliency in Evidence

Resiliency in Evidence Yesterday, True Colours held its annual family picnic day for the families that we support; the whole aim being to have some ‘simple’ fun and relaxation… and the sun shone for us this year! There were a number of families who attended, from all walks of life. Some children who are recovering [...]

By | August 17th, 2015|A word from Cynthia|0 Comments

The importance of hearing from children, young people and their families

After returning from leave and getting back into my work commitments it is well and truly time to reconnect with my blog! The last time I wrote I was about to attend the Paediatric Palliative Care (PPC) conference in Wales. I found the conference to be inspiring and it refuelled my passion in regards to [...]

By | August 16th, 2015|A word from Cynthia|0 Comments

New Zealand Loss and Grief Awareness Week

I am writing this to you in Grief Awareness Week. Grief affects us all in life in many different ways. However, the families that are supported by True Colours Children's Health Trust know and understand the harsh reality of what it is like to live with this journey of grief.  I want to pay tribute [...]

By | August 2nd, 2015|A word from Cynthia|0 Comments

Family Fun Day with Northern Districts Cricket

A day of fun, relaxation and a bit of friendly competition was had on Sunday 22 March at Seddon Park when families of True Colours Children's Health Trust met members from the SKYCITY Northern Knights and Northern Spirit cricket teams. Balls were hit, bats were swung and games were played on a Family Fun Day [...]

By | March 25th, 2015|In the News|0 Comments

Parenting a child with a health condition

Today, the 1st of March is a day to celebrate our children nationally. There are so many things to celebrate as we reflect on our children and grandchildren and what they bring into our lives.  For most of us, there is nothing more special than when a baby has been born and as we watch [...]

By | March 1st, 2015|A word from Cynthia|0 Comments

Christmas Greetings to you all

It has been some time since I have taken the time to write a blog.  I am again surprised that the end of the year has ‘snuck up’ on us again so quickly.  As I reflect on the year, it has been a busy one.  With 152 new families referred to the service this year, [...]

By | December 20th, 2014|A word from Cynthia|0 Comments

Waikato Businesses Sweat It Out To Raise Money For True Colours Children’s Health Trust

LesMillsChequeWaikato businesses have been put through their paces in a gruelling military-style bootcamp to raise money for True Colours. Eight teams took part in the month-long bootcamp, organised by Les Mills, to help fundraise for the charity, which provides a free integrated model of care to children and their families living with a serious or [...]

By | August 27th, 2014|In the News|0 Comments

Aligning Business With Charity

2014 is a year of celebration for True Colours Children’s Health Trust as the charity marks 10 years in operation. Its role is a crucial one yet its only source of funding is financial support from the community. Why is it important for businesses to support such organisations? On the evening of Wednesday 9 July, [...]

By | July 27th, 2014|In the News|0 Comments

Reflections on the tenth anniversary of True Colours

As I reflect on the last 10 years there are so many memories that come flooding into my mind. These reflections are of gorgeous, amazing children who prove time and again the resilience and courage it takes to live life to the full, regardless of the challenges of health and disability conditions. Some of those [...]

By | June 22nd, 2014|A word from Cynthia|0 Comments