The Zak Vali Foundation strives to financially support those who have lost anyone under the age of 16 to cancer, a tumour or Leukaemia who required an Oncologist.
Despite there being a number of counselling and research charities related to losing a child, there is nothing setup specifically to help support families to deal with the expenses that ‘saying goodbye’ to a child can incur. It is in situations like this that we are here to help. You can find out more about how to apply and the help we provide by visiting our ‘Apply For Help’ page.
Our Story – By Asif & Karen Vali
Arranging a funeral for a child is something no parent or guardian should ever imagine having to do. We understand that this can be an extremely emotional time for you and financial pressures in paying funeral expenses can add unwanted stress.
We have experienced this personally when we arranged our son Zak’s funeral and we want to be here to help. In the weeks following Zak’s passing, and with the support of our local community we decided to set up the Zak Vali Foundation, in loving memory of our son.
Upon hearing Zak’s diagnosis we did what any parent would want to do; we stopped working and focused our time and energy on Zak and our family. Focusing your energy on what is important can often carry a huge financial burden – a sacrifice that most families would make without giving a second thought to the implications this may have. If the worst should happen, as in Zak’s case, there are many things to arrange. Funeral and/or burial arrangements are emotionally exhausting as well as highly expensive. And at a time when money is the last thing on your mind it becomes a high priority. We were very fortunate as our businesses continued to work in our absence and so when it came to covering all of the impending costs the struggle wasn’t as much of a worry. However, we realise this is a really big concern for other grieving families. So, we’re here to help.
Before you go, click here and read a short message from our son Zak. He is our inspiration and it is our hope that through this charity, his legacy will live on.
Asif & Karen Vali.