Fifty teams of intrepid Kiwis will cram into their beloved Minis this Friday, hoping to complete an epic 2350km journey to raise money for kids in need.
Early childhood teachers are calling for help as preschoolers turn up hungry and in ill-fitting clothes, as the Covid-19 fallout continues to hit vulnerable families.
KidsCan welcomes the Government’s announcement today that free period products will be provided to all New Zealand students who need them.
Teachers are preparing for a tough start to the school year as more families than ever struggle with back-to-school costs, due to the fallout of Covid-19.
“They are courageous and they are champions but they're just suffering – socially, mentally, physically, spiritually.”
Children suffering stomach cramps from hunger and boys in their dad’s hand-me-down shoes held together with masking tape.
"They’re different kids, they’re sustained and focused and have more energy. With healthier options, it’s so much better for their learning."
"I would say 90-95% of our families live below that poverty line. The majority of our children haven’t had breakfast. They’re absolutely hungry."
Early childhood centres are reporting an increasing number of children arriving without enough food or warm clothing as families struggle due to Covid-19.