Kiwis Little Jungle supports the Heart Foundation

Te Awamutu resident, Rose Campbell, is getting behind the Heart Foundation to support its life-saving research and support services.

Rose Campbell

This week, she's auctioning her very own house plants on the Instagram channel, kiwislittlejungle.

At just 20-years-old Rose is no stranger to heart problems. The early childhood teacher has been hospitalised three times in the past year with a high and irregular heart rate.

"I've realised it was a really important charity and was close to home given what I've been through the past year. I thought it was a perfect opportunity to fundraise," says Rose.

Rose has about 50 house plants to auction, everything from Philodendrons, Anthuriums to Peperomia, and she says people have also been donating house plants for the cause.

"Lots of people have been supporting the cause. It's amazing how many people are messaging me  about their own heart problems – it's a real eye-opener as to how many people actually suffer from heart problems," she says.

With more than 11,000 followers, Rose has fundraised to support causes such as the Australian bush fires and more recently Women's Refuge.

"I'm addicted to doing this and the Heart Foundation do an amazing job," she says.

Heart disease is New Zealand’s single biggest killer, claiming the lives of more than 6,700 New Zealanders every year – that's one person every 90 minutes.

Funds raised by people like Rose help fund life-saving heart research to help the 170,000 New Zealanders living with heart disease.

The auction is underway and people can message Rose with their bids.

Fundraise for the Heart Foundation