SpinningTop is The Body Shop® NZ’s charity of choice – their ongoing support means that SpinningTop’s wages and office running costs are covered. That means over 90% of every dollar we raise goes directly to help a child who really needs it. The remainder goes towards costs involved with making the projects happen, such as bank transfer fees, and monitoring project effectiveness.

Barrie Thomas, the legendary director of The Body Shop NZ, was the force behind our establishment in 2005, along with the original manager of the charity, Shelly Mansfield, who led the way in turning SpinningTop into what it is today.


In addition to Barrie, The Body Shop® staff and customers provide invaluable support to SpinningTop through the purchase of SpinningTop products (below) instore and via their webstore.

We also have several businesses and individuals who regularly donate through payroll giving and via the One Percent Collective initiative. Would you forgo one coffee for one day to feed a child for a week? Just email us on if you are interested in joining them with your support. Thank you!


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Turning billboards into bags – Defender Bags can be found online and at these stores. These wonderful, unique, durable bags are made from recycled vinyl billboards and all profits go towards Spinning Top. A fantastic fundraiser that ticks all the boxes!


Our other sustainable fundraising products vary from our handmade wooden spinning tops, to gift tags and Mother’s Day products, to the very colourful handmade purses made in Thailand as part of a women’s income generation project.

and WE can’t forget The Good Guys Comedy Show


Once a year we also hold The Good Guys - a comedy fundraising event as part of the New Zealand International Comedy Festival. This show regularly sells out, and we are hugely grateful to the generous comedians and audiences who make this super-fun event happen. Thank you.

Who else is essential to our existence?

Well, you! And anyone who takes the time to find out what we do and can support us through a donation, sign up to payroll giving, or buy one of our sustainable products. Thank you!

We always have our ears and eyes out for new fundraising ideas for SpinningTop. Got an idea? Hit us up!

Email us about Payroll Giving   |   Check out Defender Bags   | Talk to us about volunteering

Huge thanks to our regular supporters!

If you are interested in joining them with your support, just email us on Thank you!