Since inception, Kenzie’s Gift has delivered over 4,350 one on one therapy sessions to tamariki and families across Aotearoa and delivered over 2,000 grief and cancer kits.
Our website averages over 3,000 visits per month with an average 3,400 page views which is continuing to grow year on year.
As we continue to add more and more online resources (like our teacher’s toolkit and talking to tamariki about suicide), we expect these numbers to rise.
About 25% of our population is under 20 (latest 2020 figures from Stats NZ) - approximately 1.28 million tamariki. It’s estimated that 1 in every 20 - about 6,800 - will be affected by the death of a loved one by the age of 18.
In the year 2020 – 2021 alone, we had a life-changing impact on 78 Kiwi families affected by cancer, serious illness or grief. 778 one-on-one therapy sessions were delivered to 94 young Kiwis and their whānau, free of charge. This essential mental health support creates brighter futures for young Kiwis going through some of life’s toughest times.
When serious illness or bereavement occurs within a family, everyone is affected. For tamariki and mātātahi, the impact can be intense, emotionally traumatic and long-lasting. In our death-averse society, tamariki are often left to grieve alone which can lead to feelings of isolation and loneliness that, in turn, can create social, behavioural and academic problems.
Kenzie’s Gift exists to ensure no young Kiwi faces serious illness or grief alone, by providing vital mental health support that they may otherwise be unable to access. This includes up to 12 free 1-on-1 therapy sessions with registered mental health professionals, free grief and cancer kits for tamariki, mātātahi and whānau and free extensive online resources for families experiencing cancer, serious illness or grief.
Thank you for playing with me. I will miss you.
I still carry what you have taught me over the years with me at all times.
You have been such a good friend.
I feel as though I have my boy back.
Thank you so much for finding the therapy for my son and family, we could never have done it without your support.
It was a life saver service at a time of great need for my son.
The therapy received was absolutely what was needed to get through a very difficult and challenging time. The support and the positive difference it made will continue and always be valued.