KidsCan Staff Profile

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Marise Hurley
Communications Manager

How did you first get involved with KidsCan?
At the risk of revealing I’m not that young, my first contact with KidsCan is one I’ve never forgotten. I was a TV reporter and covered the first delivery of raincoats to a school. The joy it brought those children that day is etched in my mind. Despite the passing of years, I’ve always remembered what an empowering charity KidsCan is.

What’s your first memory of working for KidsCan?
The people - what an incredibly welcoming, genuine, hardworking, creative bunch. I just want to do them proud. 

What do you find most challenging working with children living in hardship?
The range of emotions you experience. One moment your heart is filling with warmth as you hear a story about the difference our work is making to the life of a child, or talk to someone who wants to become a monthly donor. Then in another moment, you’re being reminded of the number of children still needing help and you feel frustrated. But then you feel determination that we’ve got this, together we will make sure all Kiwi kids have the basics they deserve.

What might people be surprised to know about you?
I suffered from Perthes disease when I was young (secretly I like to think that’s why I’m such a good driver… after all Kiwi motor legend Bruce McLaren suffered from the same disease).

What do you do when you aren’t working?
I’m a C25K graduate so you’ll find me plodding the pavement at the speed of a turtle. Otherwise, I’m probably over indulging our fur boy Blake Milo Dylan. He’s a retired greyhound we adopted a year ago. He’s perfect!