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KidsCan StandTall Facts

KidsCan StandTall Facts

The KidsCan StandTall Charitable Trust was set up in 2005 by Julie Helson and Carl Sunderland who wanted to do something about the child poverty situation in New Zealand Aim:

  • To level the playing field for disadvantaged Kiwi kids
  • Currently assists 24,300 children
  • Operates in 102 low decile partner schools from Kaitaia to Invercargill and Great Barrier Island
  • The KidsCan StandTall Charitable Trust was set up in 2005 by Julie Helson and Carl Sunderland who wanted to do something about the child poverty situation in New Zealand.

    Aim:

  • to level the playing field for disadvantaged Kiwi kids
  • Currently assists 24,300 children
  • Operates in 102 low decile partner schools
  • From Kaitaia to Invercargill and Great Barrier Island
  • A further 105 schools currently on the waiting list to receive KidsCan assistance (That’s another 22,000+ children)
  • Official Charity of the All Blacks
  • Patrons: Ali Williams and Doug Howlett
  • 3 main programmes:

    Raincoats for Kids

    24,300 free adidas All Blacks branded raincoats distributed with support from Warehouse Stationery and adidas. The programme aims:

  • To provide raincoats to financially disadvantaged children to keep them warm and dry in winter
  • To help reduce ill health in financially disadvantaged children associated with exposure to cold and / or wet weather
  • To ensure children arrive at school warm and dry so they are in a better position to learn
  • To increase levels of self esteem by encouraging equality and pride

  • Shoes for Kids

    More than 4,000 pairs of shoes and 8,000 pairs of socks have been distributed with support from No1 Shoe Warehouse.

    The programme aims to:

  • Provide shoes and socks to disadvantaged children to keep their feet safe, warm and dry
  • Reduce foot injury and foot infections
  • Help reduce ill health in disadvantaged children associated with exposure to cold and or wet weather
  • Ensure children arrive at school warm and in a better position to learn
  • Food for Kids

  • KidsCan provides a discreet food programme supported by Conferenz to 7,500 kids a week (e.g. Muesli bars, dried fruit and fruit pottels)

  • Research by Massey University in 2007 proved that the KidsCan programmes make a significant difference in the lives of children living in poverty in New Zealand.

    KidsCan Ambassadors include:

  • Mike McRoberts, TV Journalist
  • Miriama Smith, actress, dancer and singer
  • Donald Reid, singer/ songwriter
  • Jordan Luck, music legend
  • Jeetan Patel, Black Cap
  • James Franklin, Black Cap
  • Karl Urban, actor
  • Claire Chitham, actor
  • John ‘Cocksy’ Cocks, personality/ builder
  • Jade Collins, model/ TV personality
  • Kimberley Crossman, actor
  • Grant Fox, All Black
  • Will Hall, actor
  • Noah Hickey, former soccer player
  • Claire Kingan-Jones, fashion designer
  • Brent Tate, Vodafone Warriors
  • Carolyn Taylor, TV personality

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