It’s time to chill for Heart Kids!

It’s our signature event, it’s a lot of fun, it’s a little cold but it does a lot of good. The Heart Stopper Challenge is set to come to a town near you. You can make a real difference for kiwi kids born with childhood heart defects in your community by grabbing some friends, work colleagues or team mates and signing up today.


What is it?

Teams of 4-6 people plunge into a pool, lake or ocean of icy winter-like temperatures for 5 minutes. Sounds like a challenge? It sure is and it supports the hundreds of babies facing challenges every day that have been born with heart defects.

It’s easy - create a team theme, come in fancy dress and make sure your plunging efforts are supported. The goal is to raise as much money for Heart Kids and these special children as you can while having fun at the same time.

Promote yourself and your team using social media, word of mouth, and anything and everything in between to help each team member raise what you can and reach your goal. We will stay in touch and help you along the way with some tips and tricks for fundraising.


Why Heart Kids?

Every 14 hours, a heart child is born in New Zealand – that’s 12 new babies every week or one heart baby for every 100 live births. Each year, 600 families have a newborn heart child enter their lives. This makes CHD the most common serious birth abnormality needing ongoing medical intervention in New Zealand.

Not a day goes by when a child does not undergo open heart surgery at Starship Hospital’s Paediatric and Congenital Cardiac Ward or brand new parents don’t face the prospect of caring for a chronically ill child.

Heart Kids is there to provide practical and emotional support to heart kids and their families. We are the only charity providing support to these children and receive no government funding therefore we rely on fundraising and events to help us deliver these crucial services throughout the country.

So, let the fun begin. Select a Heart Stopper near you from the list below and sign up!


Events Date Money Raised Online  
Heart Stopper Challenge Rotorua 2016 03 July $4,770.31 >> select
Heart Stopper Challenge Coromandel 07 August $216.50 >> select

Money raised online!

  • $126,847.67
  • 105.0 fundraisers fundraising today