Every Hyundai owner in Australia can feel proud that they have helped bring happiness into the lives of seriously ill children and their families. The following are just two of the latest chapters in the wide-ranging and truly inspirational Hyundai Help for Kids story.
When you buy a Hyundai, part of the price of the car goes towards Hyundai Help for Kids, to lend a hand to Australian kids and their families.
In combination with the national Hyundai dealership network, Hyundai Motor Company Australia has been helping sick and underprivileged Australian children since it set up Hyundai Help for Kids program in January, 2014. This truly inspirational project passed yet another golden milestone recently, when total contributions to its wide-ranging causes exceeded $3.8 million since inception.
So, in effect, that staggering contribution to Australia’s kids in need has been financed by Hyundai’s new-car buyers. There could hardly be a more worthy cause – giving rich rewards to children in need, and their families, every day.
The stories you are about to read, from two of Hyundai Help For Kids’ 23 charity recipients, are only the tiniest snapshots of Hyundai Help for Kids support.
It’s hard not to share seven-year-old Carter’s boundless enthusiasm for dinosaurs. Where even adults would be hard pressed to smile in the face of his continuing chemotherapy for the aggressive Burkitt Lymphoma, the irrepressible seven-year-old’s face lights up at the mere mention of Tyrannosaurus Rex, hands-down his favourite dinosaur.
“I love dinosaurs and I really want to be an archaeologist,” Carter says. “I like them because they’re very fast, they’re a bit like me, and they can fly and swim.”
Hyundai first heard of Carter’s passionate wish to hunt dinosaurs from hugely admirable not-for-profit organisation, Make-A-Wish® Australia.
Like Hyundai, Make-A-Wish celebrated 30 years in Australia late last year. During those three decades they’ve helped change the lives of more than 8,500 children fighting life-threatening illnesses. They have done so – and continue to do so -- by helping to make vital wishes come true for really sick children. From something as simple as owning a puppy they can cherish, to riding a camel in Broome, to being a ballerina, a junior Iron Man – or a Ninja Turtle – for a day, what better way to help build a very sick child’s resilience and morale and help them fight their illness than granting them a wish they’ve always cherished?
Make-A-Wish told Hyundai about Carter’s wish to follow Australia’s world-famous Dinosaur Trail, and Hyundai were thrilled to be a part of making his wish come true.
Carter’s wish started with a flight to Queensland for him and his family, where a chauffeur-driven Santa Fe with customised ‘TREX1’ numberplates and ‘Carter’s Dino Hunt’ graphics would meet them for what would be a five-day, 4,500km discovery trip of a lifetime along Australia’s world heritage-listed Dinosaur Trail. To add to the surprise of the personalised car was a boot-full of dinosaur toys, figurines and books to help keep Carter and his excited younger sister, Charlize, happily amused along the way.
Adventure destinations and activities on this special journey were chosen just for Carter, specifically to build his excitement on the way to the dinosaur hunt, such as scientifically important archaeological digs, scientific exhibitions and dinosaur-related laboratories from Queensland’s Longreach, Winton, Hughenden and Richmond. With his own junior palaeontologist uniform, Carter was tasked with challenges to dig for ‘ancient’ bones along the way. When assembled, those bones come together to make Carter’s own one-metre-high skeleton of a T-Rex.
“We’re proud to be involved in helping to make Carter’s wish come true, and in fact we are proud of all the fantastic work Hyundai Help for Kids does every day,” said Hyundai Motor Company Australia CEO, Mr Charlie Kim. “I can’t think of a greater cause than helping children and their families who are desperately in need of some sunshine in their lives. I am honoured to be a part of this incredible program which supports all the great work that is done by the charities involved.”
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Bear Cottage, a children’s hospice, beachside at Sydney’s Manly, is another incredibly worthy non-profit recipient of assistance from Hyundai’s Help for Kids program.
More a large house than a cottage, the facility gives terminally ill children and their families’ much-needed seaside respite from the heartbreaking reality of their everyday lives. The house is bright, colourful and filled with music, crafts, art and so many other activities in which children are invited to participate. Movies, games, book readings and storytelling also are on the Bear Cottage activity playlist.
Parents love the place, too. Apart from giving them rare time to relax with their much-loved offspring, all housework is done by Bear Cottage’s tireless volunteers, and a chef prepares all meals.
Bear Cottage received international media attention when Prince William and his wife Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, together with their son, Prince George, visited the facility during their April, 2014 royal visit to Australia.
The glamorous royal couple spent more than an hour at Bear Cottage, playing with the children and meeting parents and staff. Reportedly, they choked back tears as they talked with the parents of a terminally ill nine-month-old boy, the same age as Prince George at the time.
Giving her first speech of that royal visit, the Duchess of Cambridge said: “The haven that you have created here is inspirational, and there is so much that you can share with each other as you continue to support and nurture those in your care.”
For more on Bear Cottage, click here.
Hyundai Help for Kids is an important part of Hyundai Motor Company’s global Corporate Social Responsibility movement, called Moving the World Together, which aims to contribute to the development and welfare of local communities around the world.
The Australian enterprise Hyundai Help for Kids is a joint initiative with the Hyundai Australian Dealer Network in which HMCA matches its Dealers generous contributions dollar for dollar. Just some of the other vital programs receiving support from Hyundai Help for Kids include: Little Wings (which flies seriously ill children from regional NSW to The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, the Australian Cervical Cancer Foundation; the Steven Walter Children’s Cancer Foundation and Ronald McDonald House Charities Australia. For further information related to the Hyundai Help for Kids initiative please visit:
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