About Kids in Need Waikato

Our Story

Graeme and Linda Roil began fostering in 2014 focusing mainly on the support of newborns and emergency and respite care for older children. They were deeply concerned with the level of support for both foster children and also their caregivers. They began engaging with the community for donations and providing carepacks to kids in need. This included children placed into foster care and grandparents raising grandchildren. 

Originally run out of their home the project quickly took off and during 2017 donated goods took over their home. Linda aptly described it as a “happy” problem. Through a request for donations via Givealittle they set out to buy a container for storage. Through generous donations they raised enough money to allow a container to be purchased. This included support from ASB with Linda being chosen for their Good as Gold campaign. 

Within six months donated goods filled up their container and their home. A Charitable Trust was established in early 2018 along with a governing Board. A decision was made by Graeme and Linda to build a large shed on the property for both storage and a place for the charity to work from. It was constructed in October 2018 and once again through generous community support it is now lined, fully insulated and adjoins a repurposed adventure playground for kids. Linda works fulltime as a volunteer for the charity. Graeme has supported strategy, fundraising and direction of the Trust with the support of the Trusts capable Governance. Graeme and Linda are still fostering. They set out to make a difference and they are.

Awards for Service

Cambridge Community Board
Community Service Award

In 2022 Linda was awarded the Community Service Award by the Cambridge Community Board.

ASB Good As Gold

In 2017 Linda was awarded with the ASB Good As Gold award. This is award is given to Kiwis that are making a difference in their communities. Linda devotes her life to foster children in the Waikato, from fostering babies as young as 3 hours old, to making up care packs for every child in the region being fostered. 

Cambridge News
Person of the Year 2018

In 2018 Linda was awarded the Cambridge News Person of the year. Her work and efforts saw her named as the first-ever Cambridge News Person of the year. Linda was recognised for all of her hard work and the amount of lives she changed for the better.

Kids in Need Waikato - In the news

Providing the gift of warmth

3 May 2022

With winter approaching, most of us couldn’t imagine the heartbreak of turning on the oven just to ensure there was at least one room in the house warm enough for our children to get dressed ready for the day ahead. In reality however, there are many in this situation and often, with grandparents, other family members or foster parents raising children not biologically theirs, the household budget is already stretched to capacity with essentials costs such as rent or mortgage, food and electricity –and that’s without the luxury of adequate heating and clothing.

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Filling the need at Christmas

17 December 2021

A Hamilton grandmother raising 14 grandchildren was moved to tears  when she learned Cambridge-based charity Kids in Need Waikato was giving her family a new trampoline for Christmas. “Jumpflex has donated a trampoline every year for us and this year it’s going to this particular family,” said Linda Roil, who founded Kids in Need with her husband Graeme in 2018.
“They’re very excited.  The grandmother cried when I told her.  She just cried.  It means those kids are outside with something to do.”

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Project fosters generosity

20 July 2021

After meeting Kids in Need Waikato co-founder Linda Roil and collecting for her charity this term, Aidan Tidd and Ella Millar have a new appreciation for the struggles many foster children face.
“They could be kids whose parents are abusive to them, or they’ve been kicked out because of drug use, or their parents aren’t in a good state to stay with them all the time…and when they’re being taken to their new home they go with literally nothing,” said Aidan, 12.
“Some of these kids have had no birthday presents, no Christmas presents, nothing.  So don’t take your stuff for granted.  Think about the other kids.  Think about how they feel.”

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Water Boy Visit Promotes Volunteering

12 November 2020

About 50 youngsters from two regional schools spent a morning earlier this month preparing supportive Christmas messages for children living in less fortunate circumstances.

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Learn more about Taku Wairua and the Waterboy Click here

For the kids in need

November 2020

In 2014 Graeme and Linda Roil began fostering children, mostly new-borns, and providing emergency and respite care for older children. As a result of their personal experiences, they became increasingly concerned with the level of support for both the foster children and their caregivers, including grandparents raising grandchildren. Together they appealed to the community for donations to develop care packages for the "kids in need".

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Hundreds Come to the Pyjama Party

16 July 2020

Piles and piles of kids' winter pyjamas donated by people in and around Cambridge have left collection organisers "absolutely amazed".

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Charity helps Waikato Kids in Need

2 July 2020

Linda Roil knows a lot about the importance of winter pyjamas.
She is the founder and organiser of the not-for-profit group, Kids in Need Waikato. It is to that charity that hundreds of pairs  of pyjamas collected throughout June by Cambridge Real Estate will be donated

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Hamilton woman raising 10 grandchildren on her own 'overwhelmed' as donations flood in

5 June 2020

A grandmother has had to move up from the South Island to come up and take care of her 10 Grandchildren. The amount of donations that was made to help her out was absolutely amazing.

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Spreading the
love around

23 October 2019

Leamington’s Jumble Around charity op shop helped to raise funds for the kids in need, raising a total of $3500.

Jumble Around is located at 183 Shakespeare St, Cambridge. They are an opshop that helps raise funds for charities in Cambridge.

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Concert in Cambridge Town Hall to support struggling families

8 August 2019

On August 21st 2019 Linda from Kids in Need hosted a concert in the Cambridge Town Hall to help support families looking after foster children. The Mosaic Choir performed to help raise funds for kids in need.

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Kids in Need has
room to grow

28 October 2018

As the amount of donations for kids in need is growing, Linda has had to build a shed to house all of the donations before they make their way to the children. Building a new 130m2 shed will allow them to take Kids in Need Waikato to the next level.

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We Provide personalised care packs for foster children Waikato wide

Some of the towns we deliver to are:

  • Cambridge
  • Coromandel
  • Hamilton
  • Kawhia
  • Otorohonga
  • Putāruru
  • Raglan
  • Rotorua
  • Taumarunui 
  • Taupo
  • Te Awamutu
  • Te Kuiti
  • Tokoroa
  • Waitomo

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