Big Heart Day

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Big Heart Day

Registrations for the Big Heart day have now closed, you can still support the Heart Foundation through the Big Heart Appeal.

A Big Heart Day is a fun day when children, whānau and staff come together to fight heart disease.

Everyone gets involved to learn about healthy hearts and raise funds for life-saving heart research.



How to get involved 

There are heaps of fun ways to hold your own Big Heart Day fundraiser.

Your centre could:

    • have a ‘wear red’ day
    • organise a heart-healthy morning tea
    • have an ‘active day’ with wheelbarrow races, obstacle courses or a dance party
    • make a healthy food heart collage from pictures of food to take home.

Ask whānau who attend your Big Heart Day to bring a gold coin donation and join in on the fun.

Stuck for ideas? Download our activity ideas for inspiration.


Taking part in the Healthy Heart Award?

If you’re taking part in the Healthy Heart Award, get parents and whānau involved in the fun and use your Big Heart Day towards the collaboration strand. Remember to take photos of what you do for your evidence.

A Big Heart Day is a great way to kickstart a heart-healthy new year. The kids will have lots of fun too!


Win a visit from Hearty

If you host a Big Heart Day, your centre could win a visit from Hearty!

To enter, email us:

  • photos of your Big Heart Day
  • your centre’s name
  • the date of your Big Heart Day
  • the category you’re entering (choose from the list below)

Email your entries to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Choose one of these categories to enter:

  • best whole centre engagement.
  • healthiest kai.
  • most active day.
  • most creative learning experiences

Winners will be announced in mid-April 2021 by email.


Big Heart Day donations

Donations collected for life-saving heart research can be deposited into the Heart Foundation BNZ account.


Please use your early learning service's name and Ministry of Education number as a reference.

Thanks for your support! We’re grateful for the life-saving funds Big Heart Days provide.

Good luck! We hope you get a visit from Hearty soon.


Register here