Our collaboration with cancer survivor Ruby Seeto and her amazing tea towels continues to deliver outstanding results for Starship Children’s Hospital. Her recent Pineapple Paradise design has helped take the tally to more than $500,000 to date. An effort we are hugely proud of.

Funds raised through Ruby’s tea towels have supported multiple projects in the Starship Hospital, including the Oncology ward, the neonatal simulation programme and supporting an international training fellowship for a Specialist Starship Oncologist. Most recently all funds raised went towards the setup of an ovarian tissue cryopreservation banking protocol for New Zealand Haematology-Oncology Services. Ovarian tissue cryopreservation is the only means of preserving fertility for pre-pubertal girls who are at high risk of infertility. Funds from Ruby’s new design are set to help with the refurbishment of Starship’s Phlebotomy laboratory, where around 600 children each month have blood samples taken.

Ruby’s Starship journey began in 2006 when at nine years of age she was diagnosed with a rare cancer and had major surgery to remove a 1.6kg tumour from her liver. She spent 12 months in Starship undergoing intensive treatment.

Ruby is now studying for a double major in Commerce and Design at Victoria University in Wellington. She says designing the tea towels has helped shape her direction and the decision to pursue her design interests more seriously.

You can keep up with Ruby’s news on her website

These 100% cotton tea-towels showcase bright unique designs and often feature one of Ruby’s favourite recipes.

They have become collectors’ items over the years and her new designs are always eagerly anticipated, often selling out quickly.

They make great gifts too!


Introducing Ruby Red Salad - Ruby's delicious new design!
A fun watermelon design featuring a vibrant pallet of flamenco pink - inspired by the tones of the Hydrangea, a splash of rich red and various shades of leafy green. This year’s design includes a scrumptious, spring watermelon salad recipe. $6 from every teatowel and $4 from every wash cloth set (which is all proceeds after costs) will go to the Starship Foundation.