Heart Kids announces an ingenious new partnership with Bartercard that will help thousands of kiwi families living with Congenital Heart Disease.

The Bartercard Foundation has chosen Heart Kids to be its charity of choice for the next two years, giving Heart Kids access to more than 6,000 businesses who provide goods and services in exchange for Bartercard Trade Dollars.

Bartercard’s members have already been busy, already raising $80,000 in just four weeks. These dollars will help Heart Kids provide practical and emotional services to thousands of families across New Zealand. Heart Kids Chief Executive Rob Lutter says the wide range of cost-saving possibilities will have a significant impact on the lives of thousands of kiwi families: “The generosity of the Bartercard members will help alleviate many of the general day to day running costs, allowing us to channel far more of our resources directly to the families who need them the most.”

Bartercard Foundation trustee Raymond Goubitz says the Foundation chose Heart Kids after considering many different charities who do not receive government support. "It was felt Heart Kids were best placed to utilise Trade Dollars to assist them in achieving their objectives for the forthcoming year.”

The Bartercard Foundation was established in April 2010 and is a registered charity to support charities which require wider national prominence for their great cause.  100% of the donations raised go to the chosen charity.  Unlike most other charities which aim to pass on 80% of their donations with 20% covering expenses and other costs, all of the Foundation’s operating costs are paid for by Bartercard.  For more information on Bartercard please visit www.bartercard.co.nz