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.

True Colours launches ambitious fundraising campaign for 10th anniversary

Waikato-based charity, True Colours Children's Health Trust, is recognising 10 years of service this May and has launched an ambitious fundraising campaign to celebrate. The charity, which provides counselling, therapy and nurse care for seriously ill children and their families, hope to raise $10,000 this month by encouraging members of the public to donate just [...]

By | May 15th, 2014|In the News|0 Comments

Every day is a new beginning…

As we are now well into the New Year, I am reminded of the quote, “Every day is a new beginning, take a deep breath and start again”. How true that is! It has been a busy start to the year for True Colours, with a number of new referrals to the organisation, highlighting the [...]

By | April 10th, 2014|A word from Cynthia|0 Comments

Rainbows and Hope

It has been a challenging start to the year for some of the families that the True Colours team supports. The sadness and grief that the death of a child brings into families lives are insurmountable... and in fact indescribable. As I was driving back from a rural town after visiting with a family, I [...]

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

Miriama Kamo And True Colours Invite You To Lunch

MIRIAMA KAMO AND TRUE COLOURS INVITE YOU TO LUNCH Presenter of TVNZ shows Sunday, Marae Investigation and Tonight, Miriama Kamo, will be hosting the upcoming Melbourne Cup day charity fundraiser for True Colours Children’s Health Trust. The True Colours and Pumice Food Group Long Lunch will take place at The Atrium, Wintec on Melbourne Cup [...]

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


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