A New Zealand life insurance company has partnered up with the nation's only charity institution dedicated to providing lifelong care and support to children and families living with childhood heart defects (CHD).
Momentum Life Insurance will be donating a portion of all its first year premiums across Heart Kids' 18 affiliated branches to help fund the programs and services the charity provides to thousands of Kiwi children and families.
Russell Howden, Momentum Life MD, said it was natural for the insurer to team up with Heart Kids with such a strong family focus.
"We are proud to be able to help them continue to develop their excellent programs to support children and families throughout New Zealand who are living with childhood heart conditions," he said
Heart Kids provides practical and emotional support to families impacted by CHD, such as hospital packs and travel subsidies. Its family support workers also conduct face-to-face home visits and provide counselling.
According to the group, 600 babies born each year are afflicted with CHD. CHD can also be acquired through illnesses such as rheumatic fever, cardiomyopathy, and Kawasaki disease.
"By providing ongoing support to Heart Kids, we hope to remove some of the burden and stress placed on heart kids and their families," continued Howden. "Providing the opportunity to connect with others at Heart Kids camps also provides children with the tools to learn how to manage their condition as they progress into adulthood."
Rob Lutter, Heart Kids CEO, commented on the partnership: "With the demand for our services continually growing, Heart Kids are thrilled to have this opportunity to work with Momentum Life."
"With 12 babies being born each week with a CHD, there are an increasing number of children and families that are needing the valuable support we provide. We want to ensure we are there for each one of these families."
"The support we’ll receive from Momentum Life will enable Heart Kids to expand our community services to provide help for all kiwi children and their families regardless of where they live," Lutter said.
This article is from our sister site Insurance Business NZ by Mina Martin.