The team at KidsCan is very pleased to be the charity of choice for the Super 8 Boxing event on the 28th of March. We have been following Cameronâ€™s progress with interest and we are impressed with his commitment to training and to supporting KidsCan.
There has been a lot of talk in recent days about the issue of hardship and in particular food related hardship with the recent feed the kidâ€™s bill being voted down in Parliament. I thought it was timely to talk about the work of KidsCan and the approach we take in assisting children.
KidsCan has been working in this space for ten years supported by businesses, trusts, individuals and the Ministry of Social Development. This collaborative approach is in our view the most sustainable way of meeting the needs of the children we are supporting. This is a whole of New Zealand issue that everyone needs to play a part in addressing. What ever side of the fence you sit on, I think we can all agree that ‘education equals opportunity’ and this is THE sole reason KidsCan was founded. Simply put, and without apportioning any blame, children struggle to learn if they are cold, hungry and sick.
The approach we advocate is a targeted, no blame one that ensures the most vulnerable children in the 448 schools we support benefit from our food, clothing and health programmes. A lot of people think that this approach can create stigma for children who are less fortunate than others. I have not seen or heard any examples of this in the ten years we have been operating and I think this is an adultâ€™s perception of how we think a child might feel. Ourprogrammes are delivered with love and in a way that best fits the culture of each school. Feedback and letters from hundreds of teachers show that the kids we support feel valued and that their community cares about them enough to make sure they have the basics most of us take for granted. Â Read more »