Red Nose Day is Cure Kids biggest annual appeal, and this September we need your help to raise $1 million for child health research.

When: Red Nose Day is throughout the month of September, with Red Nose Day itself falling on September 29th.

Why: To raise $1 million for child health research.

How do I get involved: Organise your school, business or community to host a fundraiser, get a red nose, volunteer, or donate.

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With the incredible support of New Zealand, Cure Kids have been funding ground-breaking research for the past 46 years.

Since 1971, we have invested nearly $40 million into research which has helped shape and change the way children who live with serious diseases and health conditions are diagnosed and treated.

Some of the health research projects we have funded, or are currently funding include inherited heart conditions, childhood cancers, cystic fibrosis, sudden unexpected death in infancy, childhood cancers, stillbirth, burns, and mental health, among many others.

The outcomes of Cure Kids-funded medical research are everywhere, and thousands of us are alive and healthier today because of them. But we need your help to do so much more. There is vital medical research that needs to be done, yet is stalled, simply due to lack of funding.

With your help this Red Nose Day, we’re determined to change this and continue to make a difference to the health of children.

Right under your Red Nose could be the next life-saving breakthrough for our kids, will you join us this September?


How you’re making a difference

The money you raise during Red Nose Day helps fund research into the treatment and cures of serious health conditions that affect our kids.

Together, we have achieved breakthroughs that have saved, improved and extended the lives of kids here and around the world. We’re proud of what we’ve achieved, but the work has only just begun.

Learn more about some of the research projects you’ve helped us fund below:


Why we need your support

Every year


  • Babies are stillborn

Every year


  • New Zealanders live with cystic fibrosis.

Every year


  • Children are diagnosed with Batten disease

Every year


  • Children experience a mental health issue

Every year


  • Children will develop epilepsy

Every year


  • School days are lost to asthma