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All Blacks join World Kids Colouring Day

All Blacks join World Kids Colouring Day

All Blacks join World Kids Colouring Day

All Black Joe Rokocoko swapped a rugby ball for colouring pens when he joined students at St Dominic’s Primary School in Blockhouse Bay to launch the first World Kids Colouring Day.

Always keen to show his dexterity, despite the wrist injury that will keep him out of the game till July, Joe joined more than 50 students, aged from five to 11 as they set about creating their own drawings for the global art initiative run in partnership with Save the Children New Zealand and STAEDTLER NZ.

St Dominic’s is one of more than 200 schools in New Zealand taking part in the worldwide event which will see students trade or auction their artworks among friends and family.

The money they raise will go towards Save the Children’s Rewrite the Future education programmes in Colombia. These programmes support efforts to provide underprivileged children with the chance of a quality education and an escape from poverty.

Said Joe: “It’s great to be a part of this initiative and meet the children of St Dominic’s who are all really excited about the project. As the official charity of the All Blacks, we’re delighted to be able to support Save the Children New Zealand and its Rewrite the Future project.”

John Bowis, Executive Director of SCNZ said: “Save the Children is working to reduce the impact of prolonged cyclical violence in Colombia, and ensure that children get access to and complete their primary education.

“We are committed to raising more than US$6.8 million (NZ8.4 million) to help children and young people in Colombia. This year’s World Kids Colouring Day and the efforts of St Dominic’s will help us towards that target.”

Note to editors:

Rewrite the Future is Save the Children’s first global campaign in our 89 year history. It focuses on securing quality education for the millions of children out of school as a result of war and armed conflict. We are calling for change for these children, and making a direct difference ourselves by aiming to provide good quality education in conflict-affected countries for 8 million children by 2010.

For more information about Rewrite the Future visit:
http://www.savethechildren.org.nz/new_zealand/rewritethefuture/background/index.html
To find out more about Rewrite the Future’s work in Colombia, visit:
http://www.savethechildren.org.nz/new_zealand/rewritethefuture/where/colombia.html

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