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It is free to join the Kids With Arthritis NZ Charitable Trust. Joining makes you a ‘Friend of the Trust’. Any child, teenager, young adult and their family in New Zealand affected by Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA) and other autoimmune conditions can join the Trust.

The benefits of becoming a ‘Friend’ of the Kids With Arthritis NZ Charitable Trust (KWANZ) are as follows: 

  • A Welcome Pack and Gift will be sent to you
  • We will provide you regular communications and newsletters about KWANZ activities and events
  • You will be able to attend KWANZ events with your Family/Whānau. These are usually at no cost to you.
  • We can provide you one-on-one support and will connect you with other KWANZ families in your city, region and around New Zealand. Our extensive network of families is throughout the whole country.
  • If you would like a holiday for a week at the Hugo House run by the Hugo Charitable Trust in Arrowtown, we can forward your application (which needs KWANZ endorsement) for their consideration. The only cost to you is your travel to and from Queenstown.
  • We will forward you free tickets to attend various events for children (gifted to KWANZ from other organisations). These are mostly at Christmas time.
  • Our free education pack is available for you to take to the teachers at your child’s school. We can also go with you to the school to meet with your child’s teachers if you need our support. This pack was developed specifically so that teachers will gain knowledge and understand the challenges that children with arthritis have at school. It also includes a video featuring six of our teenagers with arthritis.
  • We will assist you to submit your child’s application for a ‘Spirit of Adventure’ cruise from Auckland (usually 4-5 days).

To join the Kids With Arthritis Charitable Trust just fill in the ‘Friend of the Trust’ form. Click HERE