Koru Care Otago Charitable Trust

Formed in 1988, Koru Care Otago is a Charitable Trust made up of Otago residents. Koru Care Otago is reliant on help from the community to raise the funds needed to make these dreams come true.

On each trip to Australia, Koru Care Otago provides airfares, accommodation, meals, Theme Park visits, medical care and 24 hour volunteer caregivers for a group of 12 children.

A child's smile can turn any bad day upside down. We are committed to those smiles, changing tomorrow by helping however we can today.


2024 kicked off with bang taking 8 great kids to Auckland. Check out the photos in the gallery. Our young people had a fabulous time on a trip filled with laughter and adventure. Fears were conquered and friendships made.

We are now planning our next trip to the gold coast for later in 2024. Watch out for the application form here on our website or on our Facebook page.

We are pleased to announce that we are off to Auckland at the end of January 2024. 10 lucky youth will have the opportunity to have a holiday of a life time.

Thank you for your ongoing support - we need our volunteers and supporters to keep the magic happening.

Are you able to help?

Each trip costs about $30,000, much of it fundraised by the same volunteers who take the children on the trips.


You can help by:

  • Supporting our fundraising events.
  • Making a donation (one-off or recurring) to 06-0901-0370658-00
  • Sponsoring a child on a trip. Ask a committee member about how this could work for your business.

Thank YOU for helping us to raise many children's smiles.

For more information, or to discuss how you can help, please contact us at korucareotago@gmail.com, visit us at www.korucareotago.org.nz or call the Chairperson Carmen Lobb on 021 2014407.



Koru Care fundraises every penny to provide these children with:

  • Airfares
  • Accommodation
  • Entry to all the attractions
  • Meals
  • On-site medical care and 24 hour caregivers

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If you would like to apply to send your child on a Koru Care Otago trip please contact us and we can send you an application when they are available or watch this space. The application will be up in the coming months.




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