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0800 What’s Up launches Investors Club to help Kiwi Kids

0800 What’s Up launches Investors Club to help New Zealand children

Children and young people experiencing bullying, abuse and depression are receiving help through funding from businesses and individuals for the Barnardos-run 0800 What’s Up helpline.

The What’s Up Investors Club is being officially launched with an event in Auckland on Thursday. A number of businesses are already on board as What’s Up supporters, including Milford Asset Management, the official sponsors of The Investors Club.

“The wellbeing of our children belongs to the entire community. We’re really pleased with the response to this new initiative to support an important service for New Zealand children, and we’d like more members to join the club and invest in a brighter future for our children,” Barnardos Chief Executive Jeff Sanders says.

The launch event will be a great opportunity to celebrate the service, hear more about the Club, meet some 0800 What’s Up counsellors, and find out about the exciting events scheduled for 2014.

0800 What’s Up receives more than 700 calls a day from children and young people facing struggles and needing support. Currently, less than 40% of those calls can be answered because of funding constraints.

“By bringing together a strong group of supporters and advocates through the Investors Club, we’ll be able to raise awareness and over time increase the rate at which we can answer calls from the children who need us,” says Jeff.

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