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Do you want to take part in a unique, fun event that supports the 12 heart babies born in New Zealand every week as they grow? We challenge you to Take the Plunge and support heart kids through life.
Register your team today and together we can make a difference for all those babies, kids, teens, adults and families who are affected by a childhood heart defect.
Teams of 4-6 people take the plunge into an icy spa pool (or ocean if you’re in the Coromandel) for 5 minutes. It only takes 5 minutes, requires absolutely no training, and a little extra body fat may even help!! Get a group of mates, colleagues or family members together, create a team theme, come in fancy dress, get a bit chilly and have a laugh while supporting heart kids through life.
Every year in New Zealand about 450 open heart surgeries are performed on children – some of these are babies in their first days of life. During the surgery a child’s chest cavity can be filled with an icy slush to slow the heart rate and metabolism, giving the surgeon a longer window of operating time.
There is no entry fee to take on the Heartstopper Challenge, but we do ask that each team member pledges to raise at least $100 to support the work of @Heart.
To register, select your event from the list below: