KidsCan and the Vodafone warriors announce partnership

KidsCan and the Vodafone warriors announce partnership

Thursday, March 14, 2013

KidsCan and the Vodafone Warriors have formed a three-year partnership which will see thousands of disadvantaged Kiwi kids receive branded Vodafone Warriors raincoats to keep them warm and dry
Children in low decile schools who don't have adequate waterproof clothing often stay home when it rains.  Those that do arrive at school without a coat turn up freezing cold, wet and unable to learn.
This leads to increased illness and reduced attendance at school.  
 
The 2006 and 2010 Massey University evaluations of the Raincoats for Kids programme shows the gift of a simple coat helps to increase school attendance levels on wet days by keeping children warm and dry and enabling them to arrive at school in a better position to learn.
 
“We are absolutely thrilled to be working with the Vodafone Warriors and believe this partnership will not only keep thousands of disadvantaged children dry this winter, but will also help to inspire them to come to school to make the most of the opportunity to learn,” said KidsCan Founder and CEO Julie Chapman.
 
“Vodafone Warriors players are wonderful role models for our children, with some having attended the very schools we now support.”
 
The Vodafone Warriors will play a home game outside Auckland for the first time in their history when they face Canterbury-Bankstown in ‘The Capital Clash’ at Westpac Stadium in Wellington on May 11. This trip will give children supported by KidsCan outside of Auckland a chance to meet their heroes.
 
“We’re thrilled to be able to lend our support to KidsCan and this fantastic initiative,” said Vodafone Warriors chief executive Wayne Scurrah.
 
“Our values are built around a commitment to supporting our kids and our communities in the best way we can. Our goal is to make a difference to people’s lives and this couldn’t be a better way of achieving it.”
 
In 2013 KidsCan will be distributing 16,000 Vodafone Warriors-branded raincoats to its partner schools across New Zealand and the charity hopes to build on this number in 2014.
 
KidsCan also provides other practical basics including food, shoes and socks for children in its partner schools.  Currently 22,500 meals a week are distributed to children who experience regular food insecurity and 10,000 pairs of shoes will also go out to protect little feet this winter. 
 
The number of schools receiving KidsCan programmes will increase again in term two to 339 to help children still urgently in need of assistance.
 
“Our kids are our future and society will benefit as a whole if we show our commitment to the health and well-being of all New Zealand children right now,” said Chapman.
The KidsCan-Vodafone Warriors Raincoat for Kids programme was launched today at Takanini Primary School in Manukau City. Along with Scurrah, Vodafone Warriors Manu Vatuvei, Jerome Ropati and Russell Packer were among those at the event.