There are over 250,000 children in New Zealand living below the poverty line, whose families struggle to provide day-to-day necessities, let alone any extras.
The Sarah Lilli Fund has helped 2,000 children in need to enjoy music, dancing, swimming, soccer and other sports, or to go to school camp with their friends — opportunities that would not have been possible for them otherwise.
How the Sarah Lilli Fund started
The Fund was set up by the Payne family in 2006 in memory of their daughter. Sarah Lilli died shortly after her 10th birthday of a rare brain disorder. The Paynes wanted to give other children the kind of opportunities that she had during her life and have worked with Barnardos to make this happen.
How it helps
The Sarah Lilli Fund helps disadvantaged children to
- pursue a creative, sporting or social opportunity that is their chosen interest and will benefit their wellbeing — through grants for lessons, sporting equipment or musical instruments
- enjoy a special celebration, experience or holiday — including grants for holiday programmes or camp fees
Making a real difference in children’s lives
Assistance from the Sarah Lilli Fund makes a tangible impact on the lives of children who receive grants, and it helps their families too.