A special courier satchel is giving Cure Kids a funding boost during the month of July.

Aramex New Zealand (formerly Fastway Couriers) is encouraging Kiwis to purchase the re-designed satchel, which features drawings by Cure Kids Ambassador Mela and her sister Boe, to raise much-need funds for the organisation.

For every satchel purchased during July, 50 cents will be donated to Cure Kids. Aramex has taken part in the Red Nose Appeal each year since 2016 and aims to raise $75,000 for the charity through the satchel fundraising appeal.

Eleven-year old Mela was diagnosed with the rare condition Moebius syndrome hours after birth. The neurological condition primarily affects the muscles that control facial expression and eye movement. This meant that Mela’s face was paralysed and her eating and breathing were affected.

However, she continued to fight, started to gain weight and is doing amazingly well. In 2018, Mela underwent specialised surgery to give her a ‘smile’, which was successful.

Cure Kids has invested more than $55 million in New Zealand research to help improve the way children with serious diseases and health conditions like Mela are diagnosed and treated.

The satchels are available in sizes A3 and A4 and can be purchased through Regional Aramex Franchises, with a list of locations available at  aramex.co.nz.

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