“For me, ever since primary school, if your shoes broke at school, you got given KidsCan ones, or if you didn’t have a jacket, you got given a KidsCan ones, or if you didn’t have lunch there was KidsCan food. And then I moved to an intermediate school that didn’t have that stuff. And you could tell the difference.
Now, in my high school every morning, I help out in the school’s breakfast club, giving people who don’t have food something to eat before they start their learning. Often, they take away trail mix and fruit cups for later on.
I think it makes a big difference for people who would have otherwise been hungry throughout the school day, or who would have been worried about spending lots of money at our school canteen, which is egregiously expensive. I think it just adds a little bit more comfort for those people.
And people who don't necessarily need food also come into the Kai Club to hang out with their friends or because it's somewhere warm so there's not so much stigma around. I think it's implemented really well in our school community.
It’s really inspiring to see that people are able to make that difference, and it's all because of what KidsCan does. So, I was keen to be involved with that. Being on the Youth Council has been a really interesting opportunity, to be able to meet like-minded people and have some input on what needs to be done to further improve and help out, especially as times are getting tougher. And also, to learn about how small the team is at KidsCan! You wouldn’t think that, given the widespread nature of what KidsCan is able to do, and the impact that they make.
The thing is to think about how the other people are feeling, especially with kids. They're not in a position to make any change, but they're stuck dealing with the repercussions. So, they're stuck being hungry at school, without a jacket in the cold. And so, someone has to do something. And if I can be a part of that change that, obviously it’s a thing that I'd want to do.”