Waitomo News : 13 February 2014
Waitomo NeWs Thursday, February 13, 2014 3 community and parents.” HISTORY After reading numerous media reports that New Zealand school children were cold and hungry Aucklander Julie Chapman es- tablished KidsCan Charitable Trust almost nine years ago in a garage. Mrs Chapman, who was a KiwiBank New Zealander of the Year finalist in 2010, envisaged the charity would assist disadvantaged children by improving their ability to fully participate and benefit from educa- tion. With the help of a generous $40,000 grant from Guardian Trust, KidsCan began to help schools take care of children. Since its launch, KidsCan has donated 70,000 raincoats, 40,000 pairs of shoes, 80,000 pairs of socks and more than five million food items to schools. It has also provided 5000 sunhats, 5000 beanies and 5000 basic hygiene items such as hand sanitiser. The trust currently provides more than 32,000 meals a week to schools, and last year introduced ‘Health for Kids’ to help tackle illnesses by funding prescription medicine, head lice treatments and dental kits. KidsCan draws support from a wide range of avenues including corporate sponsors such as Merid- ian Energy and the Ministry of Social Development. The Govern- ment has also added $500,000 to the campaign over three years, aided by pub charities. Among the 39 trusts and foundations helping the children’s charity, local authority councils South Waikato, Auckland and Porirua City also digs into their pockets to make contributions. The organisation is supported by ambassadors Mike McRoberts (TV journalist), Karl Urban (ac- tor), Miriama Smith (actress, dancer and singer), Mike Allsop (Air New Zealand pilot and adven- turer) and Will Hall (actor) who help raise the charity’s profile and support. Mrs Chapman says in a perfect world, Kidscan would not exist. “But it is the accumulation of lots of people sign- ing up to help a child that enables us to continue our work.” $10 Butter Chicken you choose how you want it + Naan bread or a can of drink HELLO INDIA Takeaways VALENTINE’S DAY SPECIAL Phone orders welcome P. order 07 878 8708 Txt address 021 112 8503 E. email@example.com HELLO INDIA Takeaways 189 Rora St, Te Kuiti Open daily 11am-2pm & 4-9pm Closed Sunday lunch Te Kuiti town deliveries (conditions apply) Ask about our loyalty card 12345 678910 1 Curry FREE “a siGNiFiCaNt number of New Zea- land children’s diets are so poor that their brain functioning is affected”. that was the conclusion of a report by health researchers Robert Quigley, Caro- lyn Watts and Judith Ball in 2003. it was also used as part of research into the benefits of ‘Food for Kids’ conducted by massey University in 2010, for children’s charity KidsCan which runs the ‘Food For Kids’ scheme among others. 50 CENTS A DAY Like any charity, donations are crucial to KidsCan’s success. Less than 50c a day or $15 a month is all that is needed to help a primary and intermediate school student have breakfast and lunch every day. this amount ensures the delivery of food for a year, a waterproof raincoat, a pair of shoes, two pairs of socks and some basic hygiene items. KidsCan chief executive and founder Julie Chapman says helping kids out is not rocket science. “at the end of the day, if children are not fed properly, if they are cold and do not have any shoes – they will not learn properly. “Helping can cost less than a cup of cof- fee a day.” There is also ‘one-of f’ donations starting at $20 which will buy a pair of shoes and socks, while $30 more will keep a child dry in winter by providing a raincoat. a $100 donation provides food for three terms while $180 provides basic essentials for a year. Currently 4600 people sponsor children. For more information and/or to join visit the website – kidscan.org.nz BY JAMES PAUL ONE in four Kiwi kids lives in pov- erty but North King Country primary school teachers say children’s charity KidsCan is “making a huge differ- ence” to children in their region. Established in 2005, the KidsCan Charitable Trust was set up to help children in low decile primary schools who sometimes miss out on basic necessities. The national organisation has five schemes which deliver shoes, clothes and food to 388 schools through- out the country including 45 in the Waikato region. Raincoats, slippers, scarves, bean- ies, shoes and socks are donated through these schemes while ‘Food for Kids’ provides porridge, yoghurt, muesli bars and bread to schools on a regular basis. KidsCan chief executive and found- er Julie Chapman expects the number of schools helped to increase to about 500 this year. “We purposely work through schools as ‘hubs’ to ensure donated funds we receive are used in the best way to directly benefit the health and wellbeing of children in a targeted way,” she says. “There are however, still thousands of children we need to reach who are going without the basics through no fault of their own.” LOCAL SCHOOLS BENEFIT Pukenui School in Te Kuiti has set up a ‘Breakfast Club’, where students are invited to share breakfast with some of the food served provided by KidsCan. Principal Raewyn Jackson says KidsCan’s support provides holistic wellbeing for families and their chil- dren in times of financial stress. “It (the support) is important be- cause at different times of the year things can difficult financially, espe- cially over Christmas,” she says. “Uniform and stationary are big expenses for families, so when Kids- Can provides food it really helps a lot of people out. Every bit helps. “In term three last year they (Kids- Can) also gave us raincoats, slippers, scarves and beanies for most kids, then we went back and asked for more so all of our students had them.” The school’s Breakfast Club organ- iser, teacher aide Nadine Turner says she sometimes sees children come to school hungry. KidsCan enables Mrs Turner to fill children’s lunch boxes and make sure they start their day with porridge, yoghurt or scroggin. Hauturu School’s lead teacher An- drea Van Tol says the charity helped the school in the fourth term through its ‘Food for Kids’ scheme . “It was the first time KidsCan had anything to do with our school and the kids loved it – they wouldn’t dare miss out on the chance for some muesli bars. “It is great they (KidsCan) help lower decile schools because it really makes a big difference to the chil- dren’s learning.” She says KidsCan enables the school to provide physical and emo- tional nourishment for the kids that need it. Other North King Country schools that benefit from the programme are Te Wharekura o Maniapoto, Ben- neydale, Kawhia and Otorohanga Primary. Centennial Park School principal Kevin Ikin has applied to be a part of the scheme. “We are still waiting to hear back from KidsCan, obviously they have been bombarded with enquiries be- cause it is a huge opportunity,” he says. “They can provide raincoats, shoes and food which many people take for granted so if we are able to utilise these then it gives our children the best possible start to the day. “It is very important to have that position of welfare and care for every- one, which can be key to establishing a partnership between the school Kid’s trust doing all it can Help can cost less than 50c a day HAPPY& HEALTHY: Pukenui students Maggie Scarlett (left) and Journey Turner say they look forward to Breakfast Club, which provides a healthy start to the day plus a snack for their lunch boxes thanks to KidsCan’s support. With food like peaches, spaghetti, baked beans, scroggin and muesli bars on offer, Awaroa Carnachan (below) also enjoys attending the school’s morning club.
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