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.

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

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