Starship Foundation aims to enable every family in New Zealand access to world leading child healthcare and experiences

Safekids Aotearoa

Starship Children's Health provides leading healthcare to nearly 120,000 children each year from around New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. Safekids Aotearoa was established in the early 1990's by Starship Children's Health Trauma Service to help reduce the high rate of accidental injury to children.

Keeping children out of hospital is an important part of the healthcare equation. That is why the Starship Foundation is again the major sponsor of the Safekids Aotearoa Campaign for 2013/ 2014 - keeping kiwi kids safe on the road.

From 1 November 2013, the law will require children to use an approved child restraint up to their 7th birthday. Extending the use of booster seats to the seventh birthday will improve the safety of children travelling in vehicles, however, it is generally accepted that it is safest for a child to stay in a booster seat until they reach a height of 148cm (usually between nine and 12 years of age). Safekids Aotearoa have partnered with Caltex and the Starship Foundation to help prepare New Zealand families for the changes to the new child restraint rule.

Caltex have generously funded the distribution of over 2,000 Child Passenger Safety Packs to schools across the country to help inform school aged children and parents about the upcoming law change. This pack includes a booster seat policy guide to assist Principals and the Board of Trustees in promoting the use of booster seats on school-related trips.

You can also pick up a voucher from your nearest participating Caltex service station that entitles you to an extra 10% off the sale price of a wide range of child car restraints sold at Baby Factory. This offer can be redeemed online at www.babyfactory.co.nz (enter code: school10). *Vouchers expire on 8th November 2013. Terms and conditions apply.

The Safekids New Zealand Campaign is the ambulance on the top of the cliff, helping minimise the number of children admitted to Starship from around the country. Brad Clark, CEO, Starship Foundation

Visit www.safekids.org.nz for more information.