KidsCan teams up with Meridian to support 62 more schools!

KidsCan teams up with Meridian to support 62 more schools!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

An additional 62 low-decile schools that have been waiting for assistance will join KidsCan programmes, thanks to support from renewable energy company Meridian.

Julie Chapman, CEO and founder of KidsCan, says, “We are thrilled that Meridian Energy has come on board as a major sponsor of KidsCan. Their support allows us to continue to combat child poverty and make a real difference to thousands of Kiwi children.”

KidsCan, with the help of Meridian, will offer practical hands-on assistance to more than 48,000 disadvantaged children in 341 schools across the country. The charity is steadfast in its commitment to give every kiwi kid the chance to succeed by being well clothed and fed and therefore more engaged in their education.

Mark Binns, Chief Executive at Meridian, says, “Meridian is very proud to be supporting KidsCan as through staff volunteers we’ve seen this charity make a hugely positive impact on children in communities close to us.

“KidsCan will be Meridian’s biggest sponsorship. It’s our way of giving back to the community and we encourage others to join us in supporting KidsCan in their mission to give every kiwi kid the chance to succeed,” adds Mr Binns.

KidsCan plays an integral role in providing students with the essentials many of us take for granted. This year, KidsCan will distribute thousands of raincoats, shoes and socks and feed more than 6,000 children a day. The KidsCan ‘Health for Kids’ programme will also be expanded to provide basic health and hygiene packs where they are needed most.

The additional 62 schools, across 11 New Zealand regions, have this month started receiving assistance from the charity through their ‘Food for Kids’ programme.

Julie Chapman adds, “New Zealand is a proud nation, but we feel it is a great injustice that one in four Kiwi children* live in poverty and are going without the basics most of us take for granted.”

 * Defined by the MSD Household Income Report 2012