New Zealand’s largest animal rights organisation has announced it has donated over $25m to a New Zealand charity, which helps children who have been abused and neglected by their families.PETA, which is part of the Animal Welfare Alliance, said the money will help with operations, research and support for children with special needs.
“Children with special health needs and their families have been suffering from neglect and abuse for too long,” said PETA New Zealand Director of Corporate Communications, Sam McLean.
“It is incredibly exciting that the foundation has made this donation to the Children’s Aid Society and we will continue to support them as they continue to build their own community and provide vital services to the public.”
The charity said the donation would support the work of the organisation’s staff in bringing together children with disabilities, mental health and special needs and support them through the transition to adulthood.
The donation follows last year’s announcement that the charity will give $5m to the National Children’s Hospital in Auckland to help with treatment and care of children with serious illnesses.
“We are very proud to have been able to work with the National Health Service and the Department of Health to support the children in our care,” McLean said.
“This is the first major contribution by PETA to help support our children in New Zealand.”