Gabby Devine: Founder of Gabby's Starlit HOPE

Gabby was diagnosed with Ewings Sarcoma (a rare form of bone cancer)  in February 2013. At her diagnosis, her tumour was the size of her entire left chest wall and had deflated her lung. She spent a year undergoing chemotherapy, radiation and major surgery to remove quarter of her lung and three ribs, which resulted in scoliosis. Gabby accumulated around 800 beads of courage from all her treatments.

During this time, Gabby had numerous months at Starship and New Plymouth hospital. She quickly realised how boring hospital can be and how a simple Random Act of Kindness could brighten someone's day. And so her idea for Starlit HOPE began in early 2014 to provide random acts of kindness to oncology kids, their parents and sometimes the staff too. 

Sadly Gabby gained her angel wings on the 15th May 2015, having performed over 1000 Random Acts of Kindness. This number continues to grow as the legacy of what Gabby started continues today. 

About Gabby's Starlit HOPE

Gabby’s Starlit HOPE was created by Gabby Devine in February 2013. Her goal was to put smiles on the faces of kids in hospital all over New Zealand. Her legacy continues today with Gabby’s Starlit HOPE providing: 

Play Parcels

We provide Play Parcels to kids in hospital all over New Zealand.  Our dream is to have these play parcels available in every hospital in New Zealand.

Support for Families

We provide assistance to families with children with health needs through referrals from the Taranaki Base Hospital Outreach Nurses.  We provide the Outreach Nurses with ongoing support including groceries,  frozen meals, birthday and Christmas gifts. 

Baby & Mum Packs

We provide Baby and Mum packs to the Neonatal and New Plymouth Children's Ward. These packs contain toys, books and teddy for baby and treats for Mum.

Teen Mental Health Packs

We provide Teen Mental Health Packs to kids that are inpatient or outpatient at hospital. 

Special Celebrations

Acts of kindness for kids and their families in hospital and staff on Gabby's birthday, Easter and Christmas.

Can You Help Us Give RAK's & Support Children and Their Families in Need?

Can you help us continue Gabby's legacy? As a charity, we rely on the kindness and generosity of others to help make the lives of children and their families in hospital that little bit easier. 

Gabby's Starlit HOPE is an NZ Registered Charity, Registration Number CC52659. View our Charity Link here. 

Gabby's Starlit HOPE is an NZ Registered Charity, Registration Number CC52659

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