Free Wifi Connects Kids in Starship Children’s
Starship Foundation and Vodafone New Zealand
announce Five Star Partnership.
Young people at Starship,
New Zealand’s National Children’s Hospital, will be able
to use free WiFi to stay connected with friends and family
thanks to a new partnership between The Starship Foundation
and Vodafone New Zealand.
Vodafone is the latest
organisation to become a Five Star Partner of the
In addition to free WiFi on three levels of
the hospital, the partnership will raise funds for
Starship’s National Air Ambulance Service by inviting
Vodafone customers to regularly donate $5, $10 or $20
through their monthly Vodafone bill.
Foundation CEO Brad Clark is excited about the difference
Vodafone’s support will make to the New Zealand
“We are thrilled Vodafone and its customers
will support the hospital and its National Air Ambulance
Service. The service flies medical experts to
life-threatening emergencies around the country and allows
us to bring children safely to Starship, where they can
receive the specialist care they need.”
“Many of the
children to make use of WiFi at the hospital will have
chronic conditions, and some will be in isolation due to
infectious disease or organ transplantation. Access to free
WiFi will allow them to keep in touch with their friends and
family when they need it most.” says Mr Clark.
New Zealand CEO Russell Stanners says the entire company is
behind the Starship Foundation partnership and is looking
forward to making a difference.
“We are passionate
about the well-being of young New Zealanders and have a
strong commitment to building better futures for Kiwi youth
through the Vodafone New Zealand Foundation and our existing
partnership with Parents Inc. Working more closely with the
Starship Foundation will now enable us to be even more
involved in improving young New Zealanders’ lives.”
Vodafone New Zealand first formed a relationship with the
Starship Foundation through the Starship Mobile Phone Appeal
– an ongoing campaign supported by the telecommunications
industry whereby Kiwis donate unused mobile phones to
Starship for recycling.
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