The Micro Scooter Aid project provides refurbed Micro scooters to charities, hospitals and other good causes in New Zealand for the children in their care.
The idea is to help in the best way we can, by giving refurbed Micro scooters to kids who:
- could do with a good dose of fun and happiness
- don't have many things of their own
- need help to work on balance and co-ordination issues
It's a project close to the hearts of the Micro team and we're very happy that we've been able to make it happen.
We've got scooters to give, you tell us who needs them.
Nominate your favourite good cause and each month we'll choose one and give them scooters. Just like that :)
"One of our objectives here at Child Cancer Foundation is to support the whole family through the terrible and shocking diagnosis that is cancer. We run a strong sibling support programme as very often siblings are left home while one or both parents are away for lengthy stays at hospitals in other cities, or they have to leave their home and go and stay in Ronald McDonald house and school for months on end.
The impact on them is often overlooked and so the Micro Scooter-Aid project is a perfect fit for them.
Saoirse, Benjamin and Stephanie from Wellington are the first children to receive our Micro Scooter Aid scooters. It was fantastic to see their faces light up and we know they will have lots of fun with them, and that's what it's all about."
Every week more than three children are diagnosed with cancer in New Zealand. The Child Cancer Foundation is there for each child, and their family, from that terrible time of diagnosis, throughout their treatment and beyond.
At any given time the Foundation’s team is assisting more than 500 families’ nationwide - offering support in hospital, at home and in the community.
Through its work, the Foundation aims to build resilience in families by offering emotional, financial and practical support to help reduce the impact of cancer, strengthen the family unit and assist with achieving the best possible outcome for the child with cancer.
"We run a strong sibling support programme. The impact on them is often overlooked and so the Micro Scooter-Aid project is a perfect fit for them."
At Wellington Women’s Refuge we were super excited to receive the generous donation of Micro scooters for a range of ages from pre-schooler through to primary age through to teen.
We immediately took out to our safe-house three of the scooters. For children staying in the safe-house with their mothers these will be much appreciated. While we are able to more easily organise a selection of toys for babies and pre-schoolers often the older children especially can be bored away from their usual environment so we are always on the lookout for things they will enjoy. The scooters are good quality durable ones and not something we would be able to afford to buy within our limited budget.
We have a large private back yard at the safe-house with a concreted area and this is proving pretty perfect for scooter races!
We will also be able to give out scooters to families we are working within the community who would not normally have access to something like this.
Wellington Women’s Refuge and Te Whare Rokiroki, Maori Women’s Refuge are not-for- profit charitable organisations that provide services to women and children in the Wellington community. We provide support and advocacy for women and their children who have or are experiencing domestic violence. The women we work with are from a range of ages, ethnicities and socio-economic backgrounds.
Women do not have to stay in our safe-house to receive our support. We also work with women in the community. We provide a safe, confidential and non-judgmental environment where women experiencing domestic violence are supported to make decisions for their future.
We operate a community office, social work support, counselling, women’s and children’s programmes, a safe-house and a 24-hour, 7-day a week crisis line assisted by a roster of trained volunteers responding to the crisis line outside working hours.
"For children staying in the safe-house with their mothers these will be much appreciated... We have a large private back yard at the safe-house with a concreted area and this is proving pretty perfect for scooter races!"
Wellington Regional Children’s Hospital would like to thank Micro Scooters NZ for their kind donation of refurbished Micro Scooters. These scooters are 3 wheeled “lean to steer” designs and are being used by our Child Development Service which works with young children who may have identified disabilities, development delays or Autism Spectrum Disorder.
These scooters will be used in the gym to help test and teach balance, coordination and gross motor abilities to our young patients in a ‘fun’ way. Wellington Regional Children’s Hospital is the oldest Children’s Hospital in New Zealand and we provide Tertiary care to children throughout the region. Thanks Micro Scooters NZ!
The Wellington Regional Children’s Hospital provides dedicated outpatient and hospital care for children in our region.
"These scooters will be used in the gym within this unit to help test and teach balance, coordination and gross motor abilities to our young patients in a ‘fun’ way."
Foster Hope is thrilled to receive 5 of these amazing Micro Scooters which will be given to children in foster care in NZ. This first batch will be going to children under the care of the Open Home Foundation. So often children arrive into care with very little to call their own so receiving, what is often, their first set of wheels in a huge deal for them.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your very generous donation and thank you to the previous owners of these lovely scooters for following your vision and ensuring that the scooters live on to bring another child hours of happiness. Louise Allnutt - Chairperson
We believe every foster child deserves to know that someone cares about them. We demonstrate this through providing children with necessities to ease their way and symbolise community support for them and their careers. There are over 5,000 children in foster care in NZ. Are you aware that many of these foster children arrive at their new placements with NOTHING but the clothes on their backs. Find out more about Foster Hope and how you can donate.
"So often children arrive into care with very little to call their own so receiving what is often, their first set of wheels is a huge deal for them."
We would like to thank Micro Scooters for their generosity in providing three scooters for our children to use. The scooters are easy to use and are designed for children at different stages of physical development and with different coordination abilities. The scooters can be adapted to suit children who may not yet be able to stand and direct the scooter; the seat function for younger or less coordinated children is an excellent beginning step for children to gain confidence on the scooter so they can develop to the next stage of riding the scooter while standing.
Micro Scooters have been awesome in supporting us with the gift of these scooters and we hope other community based projects can also benefit from their generosity.
Spectrum Playgroup was created for children on the Autism Spectrum, their siblings and families. The playgroup meets once a week in Naenae, Lower Hutt. Spectrum Playgroup is a community for ASD kids and their families, a place to play together in an environment which is particularly suited to their needs and interests. Spectrum offers families an opportunity to work with a speech and language therapist regularly as well as other visiting therapists. We focus on play as the best tool for learning as play provides the platform for developing communication skills and strengthening social interactions.
"Micro Scooters have been awesome in supporting us with the gift of these scooters and we hope other community based projects can also benefit from their generosity."