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India and Alicia Heron

In October 2021, 16 year old twin sisters India and Alicia Heron decided to run an awareness campaign to educate New Zealanders that ‘even kids get arthritis’. In addition on Saturday the 9th of October 2021 in Rotorua they ran a very successful fundraiser by shaving off all their hair.

Kids With Arthritis NZ Charitable Trust will receive 50% of the money raised.

A big thank you to India and Alicia for your awareness campaign, this involved being on the radio, Newspapers and TV.

When India was 11 years old, she had a sore right knee for around a week that became swollen to more than twice its normal size. After a couple of months of tests and hospital admissions, India was diagnosed with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA).

Before long, the arthritis had spread to many of India’s other joints and she was diagnosed with three other conditions that are common alongside JIA.

Alicia has been a wonderful support to her twin sister as is their younger brother and caring parents.


Kids With Arthritis NZ would like to thank the Salvation Army for their helping hand in supporting a number of our Kids With Arthritis NZ Auckland families with food parcels in October and November 2021.

With Auckland COVID-19 Delta lockdown, been such a long one, our KWANZ Auckland families are extremely grateful for the support they have received from the Salvation Army.


A big thank you to the Harris family from Hamilton, Waikato, for the money they raised for Kids With Arthritis NZ Charitable Trust at their Spring Fling Plant Sale.

The Spring Fling Plant sale that was next to Taitua Arboretum in Hamilton was a huge success in October on Labour Weekend!  Thanks to all those who came along and supported the Harris family fundraiser!

They had a lovely sense of community as passersby (socially distanced, of course!) stopped to buy some vegetable plants for the coming season.  They even had a few unusual herbs for sale!