Our Story & Mission
About Brain Injured Children Trust
Our Vision | Whakakitenga
To improve the lives of brain injured children and their whanau.
Kia whakapai ake i te oranga o ngā tamariki roro whara me ō rātou whānau.
Our Mission | Whakatakanga
To provide emotional, financial, and practical support where it is needed most.
Kia whakarato i te tautoko ā-piropiro, ā-pūtea, āringa hoki i ngā wāhi hirahira
SUPPORT | TAUTOKO
We walk with each
whanau every step of
the way, providing the
help they need to thrive.
RESPECTFUL | WHAKAUTE
We acknowledge the
unique journey of each
whanau and ensure they
EMPOWER | WHAKAMANA
We acknowledge each whanau as the experts of their child’s needs, and provide support that increases their capacity to reach their goals.
INCLUSIVE | KAUAWHI
We work in a way that promotes respect and understanding of diverse cultures and social groups.
HOPE | TUMANAKO
We empower each whanau to dream big and reach for the stars.
The Friends of Brain Injured Children Trust (BICT) was born in 1993 when three parents, already undertaking a home based therapy program with their children, gathered together in frustration at the lack of support and understanding they were getting from medical professionals.
They were working hard and participating in early intervention for their childre. They were focussed on making a positive difference in the quality of their children’s lives. They wanted to help their children gain independence and were seeing results through the Neuro Developmental Therapy programme they were doing with their children. BICT was created to provide hope for families with a brain injured or developmentally delayed child.
A few years and a few changes later and we are still here, and still focussed on improving the lives of children with brain injuries and their whanau. Read more below on our history, our story, and the foundations we are built on.
The friends group’s main function in the beginning was to act as a moral and emotional support group for parents involved in an intensive home-based therapy program. Financial assistance was not provided at that time. The friends group played a very effective role for the next 10 years, but eventually, after many years of dedicated service, the committee ran out of energy, and the organisation went into recess.
Over the first 5 years we were able to secure funding for most of the requests that came to us. We applied to several funding agencies and were able to get them involved in our vision. We secured our first big donation from the Police Auction in 2008 a grand total of $50,000.00. We managed to pull off a presentation and warm the hearts of the audience. In 2007 we secured another $60,000.00 and then 2008 $50,000.00 from Angels for Children Charitable Trust.
This has been a huge boost for us and has meant that we could cease asking for funds from usual funding providers as it was sufficient to cover the requests that were coming in from families. With growth, promotes growth and we have grown from 3 families in 2006 to now over 80 families and we continue to grow.
Would you like to help?
We are always looking for volunteers, sponsors, or donations to support us in improving the lives of brain injured children. Thank you for reaching out.