SKY in the Community
Sky in the Community
Sky has a rich history of working alongside our customers, crew and partners to make a positive difference in our local communities, and are proud of what we’ve achieved through our longstanding charitable partnerships and commitment to sport in New Zealand.
The Starship Foundation
For nearly 20 years, Sky has been behind the Starship Foundation as it raises much needed funds for our National Children’s Hospital. During that time we have helped fund hospital upgrades and new medical equipment, and we’ve provided extra financial support for the Starship National Air Ambulance and its crew. Our Sky Crew love to support Starship through fundraising and payroll giving, and we love providing Sky TV in every hospital room to keep young patients and their families entertained.
Jonesy's Youth Foundation (JYF)
Sky is a proud partner of Jonesy’s Youth Foundation (JYF), a charity dedicated to supporting young rugby players who sadly suffer the loss of a mother or father. The Foundation’s support for these children comes in many forms, be it through using rugby as a vehicle to support health and wellbeing and develop confidence, life skills and values, or by providing educational or financial assistance. We recently took some of the sports mad JYF children behind-the-scenes of a Blues match, where they got to see how the sport they love gets to screens throughout New Zealand, and meet some of the faces and voices of Sky Sport.
Christchurch Earthquake Appeal
We committed $1 million over five years to help repair Christchurch. We chose to concentrate our efforts on sports and recreational facilities, to support the health and well-being of local communities and in particular, their young people. Our first $200,000 donation in 2013 was for the repair of the fields at Garrick Park. The second donation in 2014 was gifted to West Spreydon School to repair the community’s hugely popular swimming pool. In 2015, our $200,000 was gifted to Denton Oval to enable the lighting, changing rooms and bathrooms to be upgraded and the all the track rails to be replaced. Sky’s 2016 donation provided artificial turfs to 11 Christchurch primary schools who lost or incurred significant damage to their playing fields in the earthquakes, and our 2017 donation went to Ngā Puna Wai Sports Hub to provide scoreboards, PA systems and camera towers for the multi-code facility, which is set to become the home of athletics, rugby league, tennis and hockey in Canterbury.
Special Children's Christmas Parties
Sponsoring the very Special Children’s Christmas Parties means so much more to us than providing cash. Hundreds of our Sky crew from all across New Zealand volunteer each year to create an incredible day for children in need. It’s a day filled with bouncy castles, life size television characters and games along with prizes!