"I want our children to have big dreams. I want them to know that they matter. I want them to know that doors can and will open for them. That you can break the power of generations. That just because this has been your life up to now, this is not the end of the story. It’s just the beginning…"
Fifty intrepid teams embarked on a road trip like no other, in the Pork Pie Charity Run for KidsCan. Driving their beloved Minis – some more than fifty years old – they travelled 2,500km from Paihia to Invercargill in homage to the classic 1981 movie, ‘Goodbye Pork Pie.’
''We have seen a huge turnaround for our children - from being unable to engage in learning to being able to sit and focus. From being agitated, anxious and sometimes aggressive to being calm and having a sense wellbeing.''
Lynn Burrell, principal at Rerekohu School, told us that the reality in Gisborne is overwhelming - much harder even than the Covid lockdowns. She knows there will be further hardship as living costs soar, but says parents are overjoyed at the support from KidsCan.
Thousands of children whose lives have been upended by Cyclone Gabrielle are in desperate need of help. KidsCan is launching an urgent appeal to help get clothing and food supplies to kids and their families via the schools and early childhood centres it supports.
It’s a tough start to 2023 – made even worse by the weather. More children need our help, but fewer people have spare money to donate. We have 48 schools waiting for support, where thousands of children are struggling without the essentials. If you can afford it, please help us reach them as soon as possible,” Chapman says.
We need to wrap these kids in support. No child should be hungry. We have KidsCan snacks for morning tea, so the kids are getting fed throughout the whole day. KidsCan is an intricate part of the fibre of our community.
The Warehouse and Warehouse Stationery are donating 100,000 classroom essentials to KidsCan for 73 schools from Kaitaia to Invercargill. They are also making it easy for customers to help support, and until February 7, you can add $1 for KidsCan at their checkouts.