KNOW A YOUNG KIWI WHO'S GOING THROUGH HELL – OR ONE WHO'S HELPING OTHERS OUT OF A HELLISH SITUATION?

As a young-at-heart and fun-loving Kiwi-owned business, HELL loves to see young New Zealanders doing well. So when we hear about kids having a tough time, we’ll try to make a difference wherever we can.

 

That’s why Satan’s Little Helper was sent on his quest to cut a break for good young souls struck down by the big guy in the sky.

 

We also know there are many others out there fighting the good fight, and so we’ve launched Satan’s Biggest Little Helper to recognise under-23-year-olds going above and beyond to help create a better future for others.

 

If you know of any under-18s worthy of un-divine intervention, or would like to recognise the hard toil of an under 23-year-old who’s gone the extra mile, nominate them now and SLH will see what he can do to help and support them.

NOMINATE someone for Satan’s Little Helper’s Services Click Here

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  • Laser force master

    Zion Masters is the type of son all parents crave. He’s only nine years old and plays an important role in caring for his 12-year-old sister Bailey, who has Pitt Hopkins Syndrome. Unfortunately, that means Zion doesn’t always get the attention he needs.

     

    Bailey is intellectually delayed and non-verbal, which means she is extremely dependant on her and Zion’s mum, Elle. That takes up a lot of Elle’s time. Luckily, she can count on Zion to help out when she needs it.

     

    “Zion is a huge help in looking after his sister and has a special bond with her,” explains Elle. “However, he is struggling with the fact he sometimes doesn’t get as much attention as Bailey, due to her requirements.”

     

    Zion helps Elle by cleaning up after his sister, getting her dressed when Elle is busy, making her breakfast and getting her to the car.

     

    In short, he’s pretty much the perfect little-big brother. Elle reached out to Satan’s Little Helper because she thought Zion deserved to feel special, to be the centre of attention for once, and wanted him to have a day out in a low-stress environment.

     

    Well, we couldn’t agree more! Selfless kids who do good things deserve to have good stuff happen to them, so we sent him and four companions to laser tag at Lilliputt Fun Zone.

     

    It turned into a bit of a family reunion, as one cousin came from Christchurch, another from Tokoroa and a third from Whakatane to spend the day with Zion.

     

    “There ended up being 13 of us. We invited friends and then Zion’s uncles and cousins wanted to come as well. It was really good seeing them come from so far away. It was a good catch up for everyone.”

     

    Zion says he was ‘10/10 excited to go’ and ended up winning all three games they played and burned lots of energy running around the place.

     

    “It made me and my friends feel really happy. Everyone had such a good time!”

     

    Elle was really pleased with the weekend – it was the first time Zion spent time with his friends without his sister, which is exactly what she wanted.

     

    “It was a special day,” she says. “It was so good for him to know that he’s got lots of family and friends who love him and that he means a lot to them, as they had to drive a few hours to get here.”

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  • Absolutely Marvel-ous!

    Six-year-old Cameron Bartle was born with only half a heart and has already had four open heart surgeries in his short life span! Tough gig for a little kid - but the brave young boy has remained positive and, with support from Satan’s Little Helper, is feeling like a superhero.

     

    Cameron’s condition, hypoplastic right heart syndrome, is a rare birth defect which affects the right ventricle of the heart, affecting normal blood flow.

     

    Limited by his condition and unable to participate in as many fun activities as his peers, Cameron dreams of life as a superhero and aspires to be just like Batman.

     

    “Cameron is such a wonderful, kind wee soul, who really deserves a break,” says his mum, Rachael Bartle.

     

    “He absolutely loves anything Marvel related; he’s spent many hours watching the rescue choppers landing and taking off at Starship Hospital, dreaming of gaining his own super powers to fly with them.”

     

    Rachael says her older son, Cory, has also had it tough over the past five years with Cameron in and out of hospital.

     

    “Cory’s been an amazing big brother and deserves recognition. They’re both just awesome kids.”

     

    Moved by their story, Satan’s Little Helper put together a superhero Christmas package for the brothers to enjoy together – an assortment of goodies from clothes and stationery to the Batman 3 PlayStation game for the brothers to enjoy together.

     

    “Cameron was absolutely delighted with his treats; he hasn’t stopped smiling!” says Rachael. “He keeps saying he’s the luckiest kid alive and making sure he shares with his big brother, which is great.”

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  • A small ‘thank you’

    Living through post-natal depression (PND) can be one of the most overwhelming, frightening and debilitating experiences a parent can have. Support groups such as Postnatal Depression Canterbury do invaluable work in helping young families find their feet. To allow the Christchurch-based group of eight volunteers and their organiser Sonya Watson some much-needed downtime, Satan’s Little Helper shouted them to a night of free HELL pizza.

     

    After developing and overcoming PND following the birth of her first child, Jack, seven years ago, Sonya became inspired to help other families through the illness. The organisation receives no government grants and is funded entirely by donations, charity grants and fundraisers.

     

    Sonya says the struggle for funding makes it really difficult to organise ‘thank you’ events for the volunteers, which is why she contacted Satan’s Little Helper.

     

    “I’d send them all on a holiday if I could!” says Sonya. “HELL’s support is hugely appreciated. The pizza night was great and everyone really enjoyed themselves, which was awesome. The local HELL Sydenham franchisee even came out to make sure everything was going well!”

     

    Help and more information is available from:

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  • Monkeying around

    Zachary Foster suffered a brain haemorrhage in the womb, which caused him to develop cerebral palsy. This affected his life in several ways, and when Satan’s Little Helper found out about his condition, we stepped in to help in our own small way.

     

    “The brain haemorrhage made things difficult,” says Zachary Fosters’ mum Jordan. With understated calm like that, you can see where 10-year-old Zachary gets his bravery and determination from.

     

    Born at 24 weeks, Zachary suffered a brain haemorrhage at birth. He didn’t roll, crawl or walk until he was two years old, which led to concerned specialists sending him for an MRI scan after exhausting all other options.

     

    “The MRI confirmed he had cerebral palsy from the brain haemorrhage,” explains Jordan. “Which is something he’ll live with for the rest of his life.”

     

    After his diagnosis, Zachary weathered a few years of rotten fortune.He picked up streptococcal, osteomyelitis (an infection that eats away at the bone), a femur fracture that left him in a wheelchair for two months, and discovered he was anaphylactic the hard way – by being stung by a bee.

     

    He has overcome those obstacles and is now focusing on improving the physical complications caused by his cerebral palsy, which affects his right leg, and the side-effects of the brain haemorrhage, which has left him with poor muscle tone and motor skills.

     

    Treatment has improved his outlook. Botox and lengthening have given Zachary more mobility in his right foot, but it’s not a long-term solution as he’ll have to get it redone every six years.

     

    He’s a bit behind at school but he’s got fire in his belly and determination in his heart, says Jordan.

     

    “He wants to learn. He doesn’t want to miss school, even if he’s sick! He wants to go to university and get a good job. His learning is behind, but he gives everything a go and that’s all we ask!”

     

    Away from school, Zachary is obsessed with his two cats and has started tennis, basketball and jiu-jitsu. He’s not in any teams yet, because he’s a bit injury prone as a result of his poor muscle tone.

     

    When Jordan nominated Zachary for help under the Satan’s Little Helper program, she said a set of monkey bars would help him improve his strength, mobility and coordination. They may even help reduce his risk of injury, which could allow him to take part in team sports!

     

    That sounded like a win-win for us, so we bought him a set and enlisted the help of Stop Digging, a company that use ground screws instead of concrete foundations for ground anchoring, to provide installation and timber frames for the bars. All for free!

     

    “I was gobsmacked with the service Stop Digging provided,” says Jordan. “They were so clear, talked me through it, were very polite and had a great manner.”

     

    With his monkey bars installed, Jordan says Zachary has been all over them.

     

    “The first day he was playing we held him and guided him through it, but now he’s managed to do the whole length without us, which is pretty incredible!

     

    “We’re so grateful to HELL! He’s been able to accomplish something he’s been unable to do for almost 10 years. Having the monkey bars has helped him achieve that; with Zachary, small accomplishments are such a big deal.”

     

    Zachary was dealt a pretty rough hand but thanks to his determination and never-say-die attitude, he is hoping to do plenty of monkeying around over the next few years!

     

    Stop Digging volunteered its services and supplied materials for free so Zachary could have a set of monkey bars to play on, for which HELL is extremely grateful. Thank you Stop Digging!

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  • Finley’s on the right track

    When two-year-old Finley Williams suffered a stroke in the womb, doctors feared he may never walk. A couple of years on from that tentative prognosis, he’s on his feet.

     

    If an adult suffered an equivalent-sized stroke, it would likely leave them wheelchair-bound, completely dependent on others. Luckily, children’s brains are a little more… elastic and tend to recover better.

     

    “He’s doing amazing,” says Kendyl. “He’s really taken off in the past couple of weeks. He’s walking pretty far. He’s a real outdoorsy kid, which helps.”

     

    That’s not to say he has fully recovered from the stroke, which affected the right-hand side of his body; particularly his arm.

     

    “His biggest problem is his right hand,” says Kendyl. “He can use it to support himself, but he can’t pick things up. His core is also really weak, so his balance is bad.”

     

    Finley attends physio sessions to coax some movement from his hand, but it’s a long process and it’s difficult to know if he’ll ever possess full functionality. His physio did say a balance bike would help Finley to use his hand more; an important step in his road to recovery. So when Satan’s Little Helper was contacted about the little man, we knew we had to get him one.

     

    Kendyl says she’s already seen improvements in her son.

     

    “He’s started walking since he got the balance bike and I think it has definitely helped. The bike is helping to improve his balance and dexterity. He also uses his hand to balance himself on the bike’s handlebars and his core strength to sit up straight.”

     

    Finley lives near a walking track and has already explored it a few times on his bike. Once summer hits, Kendyl thinks he’ll be up and down it in his own happy little world.

     

    “He’ll use it heaps in the summer – he loves being outside. We’ve got a track in town that we take him down and he loves it

     

    Thankfully, Finley is on the right track as far as his recovery goes. He’s at kindy one day a week and can talk – an important milestone in juvenile stroke victims.

     

    If the balance bike can keep him on another track, the one that winds around town, then Finley is even more likely to keep defying the doctors.

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  • Satan’s Little Helper can’t perform miracles, but has been known to get people out of a tight spot. Check out how Lucifer’s little mate helped these unfortunates in their time of need.

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  • IHC’s Project Active trains it's youth members to become self-sufficient, so when they asked us for a few pizzas for a party, we figured a simple treat wouldn’t quite do the trick. Check out what happened!

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  • Feeding Brains

    They say the devil finds work for idle hands, but we’ve flipped the script by making that work educational. Our plan kicked off with a Reading Challenge to get more books in kids’ mitts.

    Read for yourself here!   

     

  • Hell’s supported charities and foundations for a long time. When a worthy cause grabs our attention, we’ll throw our weight behind it.

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