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Starship, Ruby Seeto and Wallace Cotton

Ruby Seeto has been working with Wallace Cotton since 2009, when she was an 11 year old cancer survivor, designing colourful tea towels to raise funds for Starship, our national children’s hospital.

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Raising funds together

Together we have raised more than $670,000 through the sale of Ruby’s tea towels. Ruby’s Nana Una’s Carrot Cake design from 2021 raised over $35,000 to help fund a Play Specialist at Starship. Hospital Play Specialists work with patients and their families to create positive coping strategies and experiences which promote a sense of self confidence.

Funds raised through the sale of Ruby’s tea towels have assisted with multiple projects in Starship Hospital, including the Oncology ward, the neonatal simulation programme, supporting an international training fellowship for a Specialist Starship Oncologist and helping towards the setup of an ovarian tissue cryopreservation banking protocol for New Zealand Hematology-Oncology Services.

Citrus Slices

Serve up home baking and spring drinks with a pretty citrus garnish recipe from Ruby Seeto, perfect for entertaining this season. Ruby has shared how to create her dehydrated citrus slices on her new Wallace Cotton tea towel design for 2022 to raise funds for Starship. The cute washcloths featuring mini citrus slices and the new tea towel design are pretty and practical for your kitchen and perfect for gifting. Ruby’s Citrus range will be available to purchase instore and online with $6 from the sale of each tea towel and $4 from the washcloth sets being donated directly to Starship.

Proceeds from Ruby’s Citrus tea towel and washcloths will help fund the upgrade of the Emergency Department staff tearoom. This will transform a functional space into a comforting environment where the hard working Starship team can feel valued, rest and recharge on their well-earned breaks.

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