Big research for little lives 

Red Nose Day is Cure Kids biggest annual appeal. It is a month-long challenge to raise as much money as possible to enable high-impact, New Zealand-based medical research to help save, extend and improve the lives of children diagnosed with serious life-impacting and life-limiting health conditions. 

Cure Kids was established by Rotary in 1971 as the Child Health Research Foundation, and since then we have invested more than $40 million in New Zealand research which has helped to shape and vastly improve the way children who live with serious diseases and health conditions are diagnosed and treated. 

Cure Kids’ funding supports researchers across New Zealand whose work focuses on 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. 

Cure Kids is the largest funder of child health research outside the government. We work hard to support the best research possible to make a measurable difference to the health and well-being of children in New Zealand. This is made possible by fundraising appeals like Red Nose Day and the continued generosity of individuals, businesses and community groups across our remarkable country. 

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