Carepacks for Carers By Rafael Lee

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About Carepacks for Carers

Project 2017-12-03 21:09:51 +1300

A while ago. I met this amazing lady named Timmy Smith from Waiheke Island. She wears many hats, a mother, a business woman, a community warrior, tea blender and jewellery maker just to name a few. One thing that struck a chord with me was her passion to support Starship Hospital where she had to make countless visits for her daughter.

As a new father of two young children, I could not imagine what it would be like to stay at the hospital while caring for your child. It must be a frightening experience to see your beautiful child fighting for life. You will be doing all you can to care for your child. Caring for yourself, especially in an emergency situation, I can only imagine that it will be the last thing on your list. Yet, the carers need to be cared for too.

Timmy, based on her own experience, has decided to create Carepacks for Carers.

Carepacks for Carers is about providing “Knowledge, Nourishment and Connection” for carers.

It will be packed with information and knowledge that parents need to know about their stay at Starship Hospital.

It will be packed with items to nourish the carers like healthy snacks and care products.

It will be packed with means of connection like a simple cell phone charger. But mostly a connection to the group of supporters, like YOU. To let the carers know that they are not doing this alone.

I was moved by Timmy’s story and her positive spirit. So I have decided to support Carepacks for Carers project by setting up a crowdfunding campaign with PledgeMe. Also, I will be participating the Epic Swim 10 km race in Lake Taupo in Jan 2018 to help raise fund for this project. This will be a challenge for myself, as I have never swum 10km in open water before.

The money raised will be used to create the first few hundred carepacks to give great momentum to this project. The Carepacks for Carers will be made sustainable via “Pay Forward” model, where a carer who receive this carepack will be given a choice of buying a pack or two for other carers. We believe in the power of the crowd and putting a small effort together to make a big impact.


The People Behind Carepacks for Carers

Logo Rafael Lee Project admin


    We are featured in newspapers!

    06:42AM Thu 25/01/18 on Carepacks for Carers

    Our busking and fundraising effort has been featured in Stuff News Website and Waiheke Marketplace Newspaper recently.

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    Front page on Waiheke Marketplace Newspaper.

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    Busking at the Waiheke Ostend Market today

    07:13PM Sat 20/01/18 on Carepacks for Carers

    Busking Duo - Bazabu and Riffraff

    Fantastic day at the Waiheke Ostend Market. Beautiful weather and we raised $152.20 today!


    Also, we have now reached the target of $5,000!!


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    Epic Swim and Epic Results

    05:50AM Tue 16/01/18 on Carepacks for Carers

    It was an awesome weekend and I have done it!

    3 hours and 4 minutes in the water and I have completed the longest swim in my life!

    For stories, follow us on the facebook here.


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      2018-01-12 10:05:30 +1300

      melissa has pledged on 2 campaigns

      “Go Rafel!”

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      Kirsty Owen
      2018-01-12 09:34:24 +1300

      Kirsty Owen has pledged on 1 campaign

      “Amazing idea. Well done to all bringing it to life.”

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      2018-01-12 08:56:33 +1300

      Tayla has pledged on 1 campaign

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      Michelle Richards
      2018-01-12 08:25:29 +1300

      Michelle Richards has pledged on 2 campaigns

      “What a wonderful idea and collaboration. Best of luck with this project! ”

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      Albert Koak
      2018-01-11 21:38:04 +1300

      Albert Koak has pledged on 2 campaigns

      “I hope your successful results...”

      Rebecca R
      2018-01-11 21:27:12 +1300

      Rebecca R has pledged on 2 campaigns

      “Go Rafael!!! Can't wait for my swim coach lesson from you! ;)”

      2018-01-11 17:00:43 +1300

      Paula has pledged on 2 campaigns

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      2018-01-11 12:52:52 +1300

      This pledger has chosen to pledge anonymously

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      Fiona Lunjevich
      2018-01-10 06:21:00 +1300

      Fiona Lunjevich has pledged on 1 campaign

      “What a wonderful thing you are doing for others. Good Luck!”

      Michael Gerrard
      2018-01-09 21:41:55 +1300

      Michael Gerrard has pledged on 1 campaign

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      Anonymous pledger
      2018-01-09 20:09:09 +1300

      This pledger has chosen to pledge anonymously

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      2018-01-09 17:05:06 +1300

      Daken has pledged on 1 campaign

      “great stuff Raf, swim well! Great idea with these care packs. God bless”

      Lance Pilbrow
      2018-01-09 10:43:27 +1300

      Lance Pilbrow has pledged on 4 campaigns

      “Great! And I get you you to come swim with me! Ngamotu Beach it is, I'll let you choose date. We'll crank out an epic 100m together.....”

      John Tucker
      2018-01-08 21:57:08 +1300

      John Tucker has pledged on 1 campaign

      “You're an inspiration, Raf. Great cause, great effort. Hope you can really enjoy your swim this weekend!”

      Toss Grumley
      2018-01-08 14:16:16 +1300

      Toss Grumley has pledged on 1 campaign

      Kathie Agnew
      2018-01-08 13:03:11 +1300

      Kathie Agnew has pledged on 1 campaign

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      Ross Barker
      2018-01-06 20:17:29 +1300

      Ross Barker has pledged on 3 campaigns

      “Supper proud of you both Rafael and Timmy”

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      Anna Lowe
      2018-01-06 09:32:30 +1300

      Anna Lowe has pledged on 2 campaigns

      “Awesome initiative! ”

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      2018-01-06 08:48:09 +1300

      Angela has pledged on 2 campaigns

      “Go RAF!”

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      Anonymous pledger
      2018-01-06 08:45:47 +1300

      This pledger has chosen to pledge anonymously

      Tobias Roebuck-Ward
      2018-01-05 17:15:43 +1300

      Tobias Roebuck-Ward has pledged on 2 campaigns

      “We wish you all the very best, if there’s anything else we can do to help spread the word let us know x”

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      Sonia Lee
      2018-01-05 14:41:52 +1300

      Sonia Lee has pledged on 1 campaign

      Lisa Yuen
      2018-01-05 13:58:16 +1300

      Lisa Yuen has pledged on 2 campaigns

      “Love what you are doing and the great cause! Go Raf! :D”

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      Insoon Lee
      2018-01-05 12:26:04 +1300

      Insoon Lee has pledged on 2 campaigns

      “Go my son!”

      Ryan Kamins
      2018-01-05 11:39:39 +1300

      Ryan Kamins has pledged on 2 campaigns

      “All the best for the project Rafael! A great cause and idea - Riot Foods Team”

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      Anonymous pledger
      2018-01-05 06:13:54 +1300

      This pledger has chosen to pledge anonymously

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      2018-01-03 21:57:47 +1300

      Pablo has pledged on 2 campaigns

      Ilana Signal
      2018-01-01 13:32:15 +1300

      Ilana Signal has pledged on 11 campaigns

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      wayne voss
      2017-12-26 09:46:54 +1300

      wayne voss has pledged on 2 campaigns

      “Well done Rafael for helping out in this way. FYI: the transactions are processed by one of my clients!”

      Barry GPledgeMe Staff
      2017-12-24 00:14:11 +1300

      Barry G has pledged on 55 campaigns

      “Swim-coach Lee!”

      Followers of Carepacks for Carers

      This project was successful and got its funding on 30/01/2018 at 11:00 AM.