Government Boost for KidsCan Clothing and Health Programmes

Government Boost for KidsCan Clothing and Health Programmes

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

The additional 1.5 million dollars of funding over 3 years being provided by the Government to support the KidsCan Charitable Trust’s clothing and health programmes in schools has been warmly welcomed by founder and CEO Julie Chapman


"The increase in government support along with the monthly donations we receive from individuals and our corporate and media sponsors will enable us to reach even more of New Zealand's less fortunate kids still waiting for our support," says Julie Chapman.


"The grant has come at just the right time as we have been recently working with our schools to ascertain their clothing and health care needs. This grant will give us the opportunity to purchase more raincoats, socks and shoes as well as expand our ‘Health for Kids’ initiative which includes hygiene items such as tissues, plasters and hand sanitisers. The funding will also enable us to provide more head lice treatments and prescription funds to ensure children from low income families can get the treatment and medicine they need for skin and respiratory infections which can develop into serious illnesses if left untreated.


"We are really pleased that the government, the business community and our local communities have recognised there is a need in our own backyard to ensure our future generations get the best start in life possible."


Supported by corporate sponsors and more than 4,000 individual donors, KidsCan provides a targeted food programme, socks, shoes, raincoats and basic health and hygiene products for disadvantaged children in 279 low decile schools from Kaitaia to Invercargill, with more schools waiting for assistance.


The KidsCan Charitable Trust was established in 2005 after an evaluation conducted in 80 low decile schools revealed thousands of children frequently arrived at school cold, wet and hungry because family budgets were too stretched.


"At KidsCan our mission is to meet the physical and nutritional needs of disadvantaged New Zealand children, thereby assisting them to reach their full potential in life" says Julie Chapman. "Our vision is of a New Zealand where all children have the maximum opportunity to make a positive contribution to our society."


The KidsCan programmes are supported by a range of caring corporate sponsors including Tip Top Bread (George Weston Foods), GSK, EasiYo, The Trillian Trust, McConnell Dowell, Conferenz, and the Ministry of Social Development, as well as the more than 4,000 individual donors.


"KidsCan both commends and supports the KickStart Breakfasts in Schools programme" says Julie Chapman. "We strongly believe providing a positive learning environment for our children is a collective responsibility which should be shared by business and public agencies working in partnership."