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The joy of helping

Hyundai Help for Kids passed another significant milestone in 2016. The inspirational program contributed more than $1.33m to an increased number of organisations helping Australian children in need.

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It was another huge and inspiring year for Hyundai’s far-reaching Hyundai Help for Kids program. The evidence isn’t just in the phenomenal amount of money raised to help children in need but also in the countless lingering smiles and thank you messages Hyundai Help for Kids received during the year.

To the end of November, Hyundai Motor Company Australia, its Dealers and Hyundai owners had contributed a staggering $1.336 million to Hyundai Help for Kids. Perhaps even more impressively, since the program’s inception in January 2014, Hyundai Help for Kids has contributed $4.236 million to a growing list of deserving causes Australia-wide.

This year also marked the inclusion of regional Hyundai Help for Kids partnerships, swelling the number of program partnerships to 23 nationwide. (See the full list, below.)

The roll call of wide-ranging partnerships includes hugely deserving programs designed to support needy children– and, in many cases – their sometimes overlooked parents.

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Hyundai Help for Kids supports everything from vitally important research projects that focus on children’s illnesses, to those that help bring joy to terminally ill and disadvantaged children. Other broad-ranging programs encourage children to live fuller lives through health education, sport and exercise.

In the case of Hyundai Help for Kids beneficiary Life Education Australia children also learn how to cope with such real-world problems as bullying, drugs and cyber-safety.

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Australia’s largest independent health and drug education provider for school children, Life Education Australia’s mobile classrooms have made more than 3000 visits to Australian schools.

These ‘pop-up’ classes deliver important health and lifestyle messages to pre-school, primary- and secondary-school students. Topics cover everything from healthy eating and lifestyle advice to guidance about positive communication, cyber-safety, personal safety and bullying.

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Ably assisted by the program’s iconic ambassador Healthy Harold, Life Education also produces interactive website information accessible to parents and students alike.

In NSW alone, Hyundai Help for Kids contributions during 2016 enabled Life Education Australia to distribute 15,000 workbooks to disadvantaged children in remote and rural areas.

Also big news for Life Education Australia this year was the launch of its new Hyundai iLoad NSW promotional vehicle. The purpose-designed iLoad helps Life Education Australia take its message to communities state-wide. During 2016 it visited a long list of city and regional shows, festivals and other significant public events.

In Queensland, Hyundai Help for Kids enabled Life Education Australia to put 15,000 extra children through its program. Western Australian and Northern Territory branches were able to upgrade their mobile classrooms.

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Hyundai Help for Kids supports its partnerships with financial and/or vehicle assistance as well as bespoke fundraising activities, Hyundai employee volunteering programs and Hyundai Dealer engagement. Hyundai Motor Company Australia matches dollar-for-dollar dealer contributions from every new Hyundai vehicle sold.

“Life Education Australia is just one of the incredibly praiseworthy organisations I’m proud to say Hyundai Help for Kids assisted during 2016,” said Hyundai Motor Company Australia Chief Executive Officer, Mr JW Lee.

“Hyundai Help for Kids encourages the work of so many different organisations, all of which have one thing in common: in many and varied ways they are all dedicated to supporting children. And what could be more important?

“On behalf of Hyundai Motor Company Australia I want to thank our National Dealer Network and everyone who worked so hard this year to make Hyundai Help for Kids a continuing success,” Mr Lee said. “And, of course, for helping us to help so many Australian children and their families.”

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National Partners:

  • Goals for Grassroots
  • Little Wings
  • Clown Doctors (The Humour Foundation)
  • Australian Cervical Cancer Foundation
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities Australia
  • Hyundai HyTech Donation Program
  • Make A Wish Australia
  • John Maclean Foundation
  • Royal Institute for Deaf & Blind Children
  • Steven Walter Children's Cancer Foundation - Hyundai Help for Kids Cancer Research Project
  • Redkite
  • Life Education Australia
  • Kids Research Institute – Bone Injury Project, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead
  • Bear Cottage