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.

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SATAN’S SUPPORT

  • Bradly banishes his bullies

    45% of Kiwi teachers say verbal and social/relational bullying is brought to their attention once a week*. 15-year-old Bradly Dover has experienced this first-hand – yet he is so much more than a statistic.

     

    Bradly is one of those special humans who asks for so little, yet gives so much. His strength of character and kind nature is a testament to his indomitable spirit, which could have easily been broken by events that shaped his formative years.

     

    He was born with congenital nystagmus and has stationary night blindness, which affects his sight and ability to read printed text. He also spent his early years as a witness to domestic violence, which left him with ongoing mental health trauma.

     

    “He’s very nervous and he’s suspicious of everyone. Because he can’t see clearly, it heightens his anxiety,” explains his mum Joanne.

     

    Bullying is a serious problem with serious repercussions. It changes lives for the worse, and not just during school. It has long-term effects. Around the world, children who are bullied are 300% more likely to show signs of depression, according to the Centre for Adolescent Health.

     

    Bradly’s crime, in the eyes of his tormentors, was being different. His poor vision marked him out as a target, and while he tried to ride the abuse as best he could, eventually Bradly reached his breaking point.

     

    Just before the pandemic struck, the bullying got so bad that Bradly was physically ill at the thought of going to school and was spending three days a week at home. During lockdown, he was able to access distance learning and started to thrive. Once normality returned to New Zealand, Bradly was able to enrol in Te Kura distance learning.

     

    “Learning through Te Kura is the best thing for him,” says Joanne.

     

    It doesn’t end there.

     

    In 2013, Joanne broke her back and can’t work. She has custody of her 20-month-old granddaughter, who is drug-affected. Joanne’s injury means that Bradly gets up at 6am to wake his niece, feed her and take her to the car, so she can get to day care.

     

    Then he gets on with his schoolwork until it’s time to bathe his niece and clean the house. He does this without Joanne asking, all at 15 years old.

     

    When Satan’s Little Helper was alerted to Bradly’s bravery, we knew he deserved a special treat. He doesn’t get out much, so we sent him and his older sister to Rainbow’s End theme park in Auckland, helped them get there, and provided a feed.

     

    “He had an awesome time in Auckland,” says Joanne. “Bradly and his sister are really close, so he wanted her to have a day out.

     

    It speaks volumes that the first thing Bradly wanted to do was give something to someone else.

     

    “They both got a trip away and it was something different, because it’s not something I can afford to go and do. There were no queues and he got to go on the rides straight away – they had a great day!” says Joanne.

     

    Over the next few years, Bradly plans to study to become a dairy farmer – his dream job.

     

    For Bradly, there’s no better way to announce to the world that the bullies will never win.

    *According to research carried out by Dr Vanessa Green, Head of Victoria University’s School of Educational Psychology and Pedagogy.

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  • Let the children play

    Satan’s Little Helper is a playful character, so he jumped at the chance to help Rangiora Toy Library (RTL) in its mission to improve children’s education through play – by providing $480 in HELL vouchers.

     

     

    Half that amount in dollars was needed for RTL to reach its target to buy new shelves and improve the centre’s limited space.

     

    “We sold the vouchers at half price and they proved wildly popular,” says RTL vice president and secretary Lizzy Anderson. “We could have sold three times as many!”

     

    Established more than 20 years ago, the community-run RTL is funded through a combination of subscription fees, donations, grants, and fundraisers.

     

    Lizzy says that everyone involved is very thankful for HELL’s support.

     

    “We’ve got the shelves installed now. They’ve made a significant difference to the library, because now we can safely store our larger toys and there’s also more space for the children to play.

     

    “Not all families have access to toys at home; we’re an affordable alternative with more than 1,000 different items available to our members.” 

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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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  • 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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  • 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!”

     

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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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