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John Velvin Charitable Trust


The Trust has been formed by family and friends of the late John Velvin who suffered from long term chronic kidney disease. It is established to provide support to persons living with chronic kidney disease.


To provide financial and personal support to individuals living with chronic kidney failure. Specifically the Trustees will provide support to those who they believe John Velvin would have most wanted to share his experience and advice, providing the individuals with opportunity and reassurance they otherwise would not have access to. Funding support would typically enable recipients to continue with education, have access to appropriate renal advice, maintain contact with family and friends etc.

However the Trust’s intentions are to provide personal support beyond money. This additional support would be in the form of access to many of our networks including professional colleagues, career development, counselling and the like. As the Trust beneficiaries increase in number the Trustees will also seek opportunity for beneficiaries to support each other, both through sharing experiences in sessions where they get together and just being available for each other.


Thus the purposes are not limited to providing money. To read more click on the following link http://www.kidneys.co.nz/ResearchGrants/John-Velvin-Trust/


DaVita – Healthcare Partners Inc


DaVita is the dialysis division of DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc., a Fortune 500® company that, through its operating divisions, provides a variety of health care services to patient populations throughout the United States and abroad. A leading provider of kidney care in the United States, DaVita delivers dialysis services to patients with chronic kidney failure and end stage renal disease.

DaVita strives to improve patients’ quality of life by innovating clinical care, and by offering integrated treatment plans, personalized care teams and convenient health-management services. As of September 30, 2012, DaVita operated or provided administrative services at 1,912 outpatient dialysis centers located in the United States serving approximately 150,000 patients.

The company also operated 24 outpatient dialysis centers located in five countries outside the United States. DaVita supports numerous programs dedicated to creating positive, sustainable change in communities around the world. The company’s leadership development initiatives and social responsibility efforts have been recognized by Fortune, Modern Healthcare, Newsweek and WorldBlu.

DaVita — which is Italian for “giving life” — has more than 41,000 teammates (employees) around the nation working to provide superior patient care and exemplify the company’s Core Values.


Cerebral Palsy Symptoms


Learn all about Cerebral Palsy and other common birth injuries with CerebralPalsySymptoms.com.


The Oxalosis and Hyperoxaluria Foundation


The OHF is the only organization in the world dedicated to improving the care and treatment and finding a cure for Oxalosis, PH and related stone diseases. Our website is your gateway to a wealth of information. We have structured the website to answer your questions, provide resources and opportunities for you to join our family and find a cure!


The Love Letters Foundation: An initiative set up by a Kidney Kids family

“In March 2007 our daughter Frances was diagnosed with neuroblastoma cancer stage 4 and we were told that there was little chance of survival. Out of the blue, a wonderful woman called Sam befriended Frances and gave her something that all the medicine in the world could not – joy and love that made a real difference. Frances spirits were lifted immensely by her friend and by the letters and emails.


Thankfully Frances went into remission in June 2008. She now has treatment related side effects – including kidney damage. We have been fortunate to have the support of Kidney Kids. They do a great job! We also remember the support given by Sam.


The Love Letters Foundation is a New Zealand registered charitable trust formed so that we can help to bring a “Sam” to as many seriously ill and disadvantaged children as possible.


Love Letters works by matching a kind adult to a seriously ill child as a penpal. We also offer the opportunity to have your child feature on our website so that they receive a range of cheerful letters and greetings from visitors to our site. Please visit our website for more details or to apply to register your child or to become a friend of a sick child”.


ComfyTime Designs by Andrea Spears

The Reflux Comfort Feeder is a reclined foam seat designed for infants suffering gastric reflux & colic; it may also be suitable for other conditions that require baby to be seated on an angle.


The special angle of the chair provides a comfortable & ergonomic support whilst ensuring there is absolutely no pressure on the internal organs – especially the stomach!

Natural Gravity + Designed Angle = Comfortable Happy Baby!


Mention Kidney Kids when buying your chair and $5.00 from your sale will be donated to Kidney Kids of NZ.

All Enquiries Welcome. Free Support Brochure. Please contact Andrea Spears on [email protected]



Is a website based out of Canada that is for parents of children with Nephrotic Syndrome/FSGS and IgA Nephropathy. It has been recommended by one of our Kidney Kids parents as a fantastic site and resource.

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Health and Disability Commissioner


hdcOur mission is to promote the rights and responsibilities of consumers and providers and to resolve complaints by fair processes and credible decisions to achieve just outcomes.

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