Life is hard for many of our families at the moment, and not just people that are on benefits, it’s our working families as well. And so it has just been a godsend for our kindergarten to have KidsCan support.
Teachers are warning of a gruelling winter ahead for children in poverty, as the cost-of-living crisis takes a major toll on struggling families. They say it is affecting learning, with more children arriving hungry, others barefoot in freezing weather, and sickness spreading in overcrowded, unheated homes. KidsCan has seen its waitlist double and has launched an urgent appeal to reach thousands of children who need support.
"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.