A word from Cynthia

Long Lunch fundraiser was an awesome event

We have just had our major fundraiser for the year which will help sustain the organisation and allow us to continue to deliver the quality care required for children and families. This is crucial as True Colours receives no direct government funding. The True Colours Long Lunch was Annah Stretton's inspiration as she saw the [...]

By | November 12th, 2010|A word from Cynthia|0 Comments

We all want our voice heard

People leave permanent imprints on our lives, each individual has value, and in the process of caring for sick children and their families I marry the understanding of my own experiences with those of the people I care for. This enriches my vision of all that is difficult and all that is worthwhile in life. [...]

By | September 30th, 2010|A word from Cynthia|0 Comments

“Making sense gives meaning to the experience”

As I consider the adversity that many of the True Colours families face on a day to day basis I am left reflecting on the word 'hope'. Some of us are particularly good at finding the silver lining in a cloud and others of us find it hard to see the point or relevance in [...]

By | August 30th, 2010|A word from Cynthia|0 Comments

“Seen, heard and understood”

When children say to me "it's not fair" when they can no longer jump on a trampoline or ride their bike as they used to with their brothers and sisters because of their illness, it is hard to hear. They are right. Life is not fair; particularly if these illnesses are life-limiting and if they [...]

By | July 12th, 2010|A word from Cynthia|0 Comments

Extra vigilance is exhausting for parents

As winter is here I am aware this is a time for families to be extra vigilant in regard to protecting their children from the many virus's and bacterial infections that are more prevalent at this time of the year. Protection of children who are already living with compromised health needs becomes the high priority [...]

By | June 3rd, 2010|A word from Cynthia|0 Comments

Illness and loss have huge impact on team

It has been a tough month for the True Colours team! As an organisation we support families in relation to illness of a child. We recognise the impact illness and grief have on all members of the family and those close to them. Over this last month our own team has experienced, and is, experiencing critical [...]

By | April 26th, 2010|A word from Cynthia|0 Comments

“The greatest treasure”

I attended an unveiling in the weekend of a child that True Colours had supported. The presence of Aroha and Wairura were strong as we remembered this child's life and the inspiration that continues to influence us as we take time to reflect. The family/whanau came together to support one another in this intense time [...]

By | March 22nd, 2010|A word from Cynthia|0 Comments

Children require honesty

Family centred care is essential when caring for a sick child. The impact of illness touches everyone therefore the family is the unit of care rather than the child being separated out without consideration of the whole family. It is important to remember that parents should be recognized as being experts as far as their [...]

By | March 9th, 2010|A word from Cynthia|0 Comments

The many friends of True Colours

I am inspired by the "Friends of True Colours", a group of people that are committed to raising funds for True Colours and to profile the organisation. Diane O'Sullivan set the group up initially and was coordinator until this year; she has now handed this role over to Amanda Graham but will continue to be [...]

By | February 20th, 2010|A word from Cynthia|0 Comments

Committed to best practice

As I continue to think about what is important for children and young people particularly in regard to serious illness I endeavour to stay within the philosophy of True Colours which is "listening to the voice of children and young people honouring their rights and wishes". This guides my own personal practice of making a [...]

By | February 2nd, 2010|A word from Cynthia|0 Comments