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Together with the communities across New Zealand Westfield’s nine centres raised over $72,000 for New Zealand charities who work to better the lives of Kiwi kids. For an eighth year, Westfield Chartwell has offered a free Christmas gift wrapping service to shoppers who are invited to make a gold coin donation to a charity within [...]

By | August 27th, 2013|In the News|0 Comments

Xmas Greetings 2012

Kia Ora Koutou, I know that for many of us we feel the end of the year has sneaked up on us and it is difficult to believe we are signing off with Christmas wishes and that a New Year is just around the corner! It has been another busy year for True Colours. This [...]

By | December 18th, 2012|A word from Cynthia|0 Comments

A Truly Special Performance

When the lights dim at Riverlea Theatre, Hamilton on Tuesday 12 August it will be for a very special reason. The evening’s performance of ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ is a charity one for True Colours Children’s Health Trust. True Colours provides counselling, nurse care and education for children who are seriously ill or living with [...]

By | August 1st, 2012|In the News|0 Comments

The Wisdom of Learning from Others

While on leave, I am taking the opportunity to attend the paediatric palliative care conference in Wales.  I am looking forward to hearing from the keynote speakers on the topic, 'Science, Meaning and Morality: the Palliative Package.  Professor Myra Bluebond-Langner, is one of the keynote speakers and someone I have respected for many years for [...]

By | June 26th, 2012|A word from Cynthia|0 Comments

Parents the unseen heroes when caring for children with complex health needs

I want to acknowledge and applaud Cliff Robinson who has lobbied and advocated for families to be recognised financially as they care for their adult children with complex health and disability needs. In the recent media coverage (Waikato Times May 26) Cliff explained that he wanted the payments for family carers to be his legacy. [...]

By | May 31st, 2012|A word from Cynthia|0 Comments

Building Resiliency in Children

Stephen Parkinson (psychotherapist/music therapist) and I met with a small group of children and their parents this week in a music therapy session. As I watched the children engaging with the music and one little girl dancing in the session I was in awe of their resiliency.  These children live with such compromised health conditions.  [...]

By | April 29th, 2012|A word from Cynthia|0 Comments

Holiday a mixed time for families

It feels good to return to True Colours after having a break for two weeks and to feel refreshed. Although the weather wasn't favourable to getting outside and doing things, it actually enforced a stop and 'rest time'. So for me it was spending quality time with family and friends, which meant good company, red [...]

By | January 31st, 2012|A word from Cynthia|0 Comments

Listening to families

This is my last blog for the year and as I think back over this time the team has certainly accomplished a lot throughout the last 12 months. There have been a number of conferences, workshops and seminars that we have attended, and presented at. It is so important to keep our professional development up [...]

By | December 20th, 2011|A word from Cynthia|0 Comments

Huge generosity makes True Colours Long Lunch a great success

Last week the annual fundraiser the 'True Colours Long Lunch' was held at the Narrows Landing. It was a great success with feedback from those who attended that is was a hugely enjoyable day. True Colours has been reliant on this fundraiser providing funds to continue the valued work of supporting seriously ill children and [...]

By | November 7th, 2011|A word from Cynthia|0 Comments

Challenge to gain sufficient funding to continue service

As we enter the beginning of October, I realise it is only a month away from the True Colours Long Lunch fundraiser on 1 November, Melbourne Cup Day. It is always a major event that many people enjoy and it is our main fundraiser of the year. There is a lot of preparation that goes [...]

By | September 30th, 2011|A word from Cynthia|0 Comments