What is Red Nose Day?

Taking place on Friday 29th July 2022, Red Nose Day is Cure Kids biggest fundraising appeal where incredible kiwis across Aotearoa come together to help fund big research for little lives. 

With origins dating back to 1989, Red Nose Day has grown to become one of our country’s most recognised appeals, symbolised by red noses and remembered by the catchy theme song ‘You make the whole world smile’ and, more recently, ‘Feel Inside (and stuff like that). 

Over the years, we’ve seen various iterations of the red nose – plastic, foam, car, novelty – but one thing has remained the same. The iconic little red nose has always been a symbol – a symbol of hope. Hope for better treatments, preventative strategies and, one day, cures for our children who are living with heart-breaking, life-affecting health conditions. 

This Red Nose appeal, we’re inviting you to join us to help raise funds for more research into a wide range of child health conditions including childhood cancers, inherited heart conditions, epilepsy, infectious diseases, cystic fibrosis, sudden unexpected death in infants (SUDI), stillbirth, burns as well as child and adolescent mental health – and many, many other areas of research.

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How you’re making a difference

Since 1971, Cure Kids has invested around $60 million into child health research.

Our world-class child health researchers have made many significant life-changing and lifesaving
discoveries throughout that time, but there is still much to be done.

With your help this Red Nose Day, we can continue to achieve better future outcomes for our New Zealand children.

Why We Need Your Support

Every year


Babies are stillborn

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New Zealanders live with cystic fibrosis

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Every year


Children are diagnosed with cancer

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Every year


Children experience a mental health issue

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Children are currently overweight or obese

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Every year


Children develop epilepsy

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Your Stories


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