Dan Carter and school kids in Vanuatu playing rugby on the field


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A partnership between Dan Carter and UNICEF Aotearoa - driving life-changing impact for kids and communities in Aotearoa and the Pacific!

After leaving a lasting legacy in rugby, Dan was ready for his next big challenge - using his influence to help kids achieve their goals. This starts with making sure they have reliable access to life's basics - like WATER!

Our current partnership with Dan is all about providing safe and sustainable water, sanitation, and hygiene solutions for schools, health facilities, and early childhood settings.

Across four of the hardest-to-reach areas of the Pacific, we're delivering the essentials for thousands of children and their whānau.

Even in our own backyard, we're making a difference by helping kiwi kids better understand their rights and know how to advocate for themselves! 

$2.5 million invested into water, sanitation, & hygiene programmes for kids in the Pacific.

134,000 children will be protected from preventable diseases in the Pacific.

832 schools will benefit from climate-resilient water & sanitation facilities.
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Where it all started

Everything lined up for Dan after visiting the largest Syrian refugee camp in Jordan with UNICEF. He saw first-hand the incredible support we provide for displaced children and soon after became an official ambassador and launched the DC10 Fund. 

Dan's journey has been driven by his passion for climate resilient water, something all kids should have!

The effects of climate change are being felt everywhere - especially in the Pacific. Our Pacific neighbours face constant challenges due to their small size, vulnerability to natural disasters, and limited resources. Dan's support is helping us on our journey to strengthen the resiliency of their systems, facilities, and in turn - their children and communities! 

Water in the Pacific

One in three kids in the Pacific don’t have access to good sanitation and one in ten lack access to safe drinking water which causes preventable diseases.

These infections and illnesses are the leading cause of death in children under five.

The DC10 fund is helping UNICEF combat this by further investing in sustainable water projects that will be locally-run and maintained. This sort of change is what can empower remote Pacific communities - allowing kids to grow up happy, healthy and able to focus on their education and future. 

"This has always been about helping to bring clean water and sanitation to kids in the Pacific; lifesaving and life-changing stuff... The building blocks for children to reach their dreams."

Dan Carter

See our mahi first-hand from Dan’s trip to Vanuatu!

Screenshot of the video produced of Dan Carter's trip to Vanuatu
A mother and her child standing outside their home that was destroyed in a cyclone that tore through Vanuatu


Emergency Response

We all know natural disasters are increasing because of climate change and the Pacific islands are at high risk of earthquakes, tsunamis and extreme flooding.

These events destroy crops and homes, limiting access to safe water, food supplies and health care which means kids are at much higher risk of disease and malnutrition. The DC10 fund highlights the urgency of these disasters, the need for lasting solutions, and encourages Kiwis to help UNICEF provide life-saving resources within 48 hours, as well as long-term support.  

Championing rights in NZ

We're helping to empower our tamariki by educating them about their rights - rolling out a range of teaching material in early childhood centres, primary and secondary schools.

The success of the Kickathon allowed UNICEF to translate our toolkits into Te Reo Māori, Samoan, Tongan and Hindi so that all kids can learn about their freedoms in their native tongue! These resources will help inform kids about their basic rights like privacy, safety, freedom and protection - reaching over 300,000 rangitahi, teachers and parents in 500 schools. 

UNICEF employee Chris Coromandel talks to school students about educating them on their rights!

Where we are!

Dan has already created some awesome opportunities for Kiwis to support kids struggling to access life's basics. By hosting exciting charity events Dan is shining a light on life-saving UNICEF programmes. The tangible impact the DC10 fund is having for children in Aotearoa and the Pacific is beyond inspiring, it's life-changing.

We couldn’t do this without generous kiwis like YOU! 
A young boy in the Pacific washes his face with clean water

Sky’s the limit!

The DC10 fund and UNICEF Aotearoa partnership has already made a huge difference to the lives of children. We're doing great work but the potential is limitless.

With the funding gap in the Pacific widening, now is the time for us to aim higher, break records and set ambitious goals.

We're already making a difference to thousands of children and families, so join us and let’s work together to make this hundreds of thousands of children in the next 5 years and beyond. 

Dan Carter playing rugby with kids in the Pacific


Images from UNICEF fundraisers like a bake sale and LesMills Workout for Water

Other ways to get involved! 

Rally champions for children – Create a fundraiser!

Go beyond and spread awareness by starting your own fundraising campaign to support the DC10 fund.

Get together the support of your whānau, friends, colleagues, and community to raise funds for work that saves children’s lives. With your very own fundraising page and team pages, you can easily collect donations online – it only takes two minutes to set up. 

Meet Dan Carter, an official UNICEF Aotearoa Ambassador.
UNICEF Aotearoa Ambassador Dan Carter's trip to Vanuatu

In Pentecost Island, Vanuatu, Carter visited school children where he learnt about the WASH in Schools programme that is improving the water and sanitation facilities and educating students on hygiene practices.

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Kickathon event
Kickathon event

Dan Carter completed his challenge of kicking goals for 24 hours and raised more than NZ $500,000 in public donations, helping UNICEF provide water, sanitation and hygiene to children in the Pacific.

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Dan Carter appointed as UNICEF Aotearoa New Zealand Ambassador
Dan Carter appointed as UNICEF Aotearoa New Zealand Ambassador

UNICEF Aotearoa New Zealand welcomes Dan Carter as an official Ambassador. In this role, Dan will continue to promote children’s rights in Aotearoa, the Pacific and around the world.

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Children in Vanuatu proudly display the school bags they've received from UNICEF
UNICEF Aotearoa and NZ Government partner to ensure children have the best start in life

UNICEF Aotearoa and the New Zealand Government unite to give children in the Pacific the best start to life. The partnership will ensure more children across the Pacific attend school.

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Children across the Pacific to receive lifesaving vaccines
Life-saving vaccines for the Pacific

UNICEF has partnered with Rotary on the ‘Give Every Child a Future’ programme. This means 300,000 vaccine doses will be delivered to children on more than 330 islands over the next three years!

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