Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


Prime Minister to Present the 100,000th KidsCan Raincoat

Prime Minister to Present the 100,000th KidsCan Raincoat

To mark the milestone of 100,000 raincoats provided to lower decile schools around New Zealand the KidsCan Charitable Trust has invited the Prime Minister the Rt Hon John Key, Minister of Social Development the Hon Paula Bennett and National List MP Alfred Ngaro to make the presentation to a lucky pupil at Lincoln Heights School in the Auckland suburb of Massey.

The Ministry of Social Development has been a significant supporter of KidsCans programmes since 2009, providing funding to improve the educational prospects of our children in decile 1 to 4 schools. This contribution, along with corporate sponsorship, donations from organisations such as Pub Charity and over 5,000 individual ‘In Our Own Backyard’ supporters has enabled the trust to provide 100,000 coats for children in 320 schools across New Zealand.

“Providing raincoats can be a financial struggle for lower income families with many children kept home when it rains,” says KidsCan CEO Julie Chapman. “Those who do go to school turn up wet and freezing cold, which makes it very difficult to focus and participate in class. Our partner schools tell us children without coats get sick more often which increases absenteeism.”

The KidsCan ‘Raincoats for Kids’ programme reduces absenteeism and helps to build self-esteem and a culture of belonging at school. Massey University research found there is no stigma associated with the raincoats and children take very good care of them. Some even sleep in them as it is the warmest item of clothing they own. There are also many examples of the raincoats reducing social differences as less fortunate children now look the same as their peers and can attend activities as a unified group.

The Principal of Lincoln Heights School, Debbie Waikato, is just one of the many school principals who have expressed their gratitude and appreciation for the practical support KidsCan provides.

“We are a school focused on bringing out the best in each of our children and helping them to reach new heights in their educational journey,” says Debbie Waikato. “KidsCan helps children meet their potential by reducing barriers to attendance, engagement and learning. Our school truly appreciates the generosity of KidsCan and its partners - they are really making a difference for our children and their futures.”

KidsCan runs three other programmes; 'Food for Kids' which supports 12,500 hungry children a week, 'Shoes for Kids’, with 20,000 pairs being given out this year and ’Health for Kids’, which targets head lice, skin infections and provides funding for prescription medicine. KidsCan has been operating since 2005 and was founded by Julie Chapman.

Link to KidsCan website www.kidscan.org.nz/our-work/raincoats-for-kids

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

  • Govt Probed Over Health & Safety
  • Questions and Answers 28-05-15
  • Week in Parliament 22-05-15
  • Saturday Sitting
  • House Rises At Midnight
  • Telco Levy Bill Passes
  • Telco Levy Bill Completes First Reading
  • Social Housing Bill Passes Under Urgency

  • Labour Party: McCully Doesn’t Deny Bribe In Saudi Sheep Scandal

    “In Parliament today I asked Murray McCully directly: Why is he the first Minister in history to back a multi-million dollar facilitation arrangement which in other jurisdictions is called a bribe? says Labour’s Export Growth and Trade spokesperson ... More>>

    ALSO:

    Welfare: Closure Of Relationships Aotearoa

    The Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers (ANZASW) Chief Executive Lucy Sandford-Reed is concerned about the closure of a national service which provides a wide range of services to rural and urban communities throughout New Zealand. More>>

    ALSO:

    TPPA: University Of Auckland Warns Of Negative TPP Impact

    The University of Auckland May 20, 2015 University of Auckland Warns of Negative TPP Impact With the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiation drawing to a close, the University of Auckland has expressed serious concerns about its potential implications. ... More>>

    NZ Flag: Flag Referendum Gets Hit Hard In New Poll

    The latest Campbell Live text poll confirms it is time for the Prime Minister to listen to the public and shelve his flag referendum, says the New Zealand First Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters. More>>

    Gordon Campbell: The Government’s Belated Moves On Property Speculation

    Is it a property tax on capital gains or a capital gains tax on property? The Jesuitical distinctions in the government’s spin about its latest moves on property speculators are all about whether the government can claim that it jumped, or confess that it ... More>>

    Grant Robertson:
    Key Can’t Just Be Prime Minister For Parnell

    John Key must show New Zealanders in next week’s Budget that he is more than the Prime Minister for Parnell, and is also the Prime Minister for Pine Hill, Putararu and Palmerston North, Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson says. In a ... More>>


    Labour Party: More Regional Jobs Go In Corrections Reshape

    News that 194 Corrections staff are to lose their jobs will have ramifications not only for them and their families but for the wider community, Labour’s Corrections spokesperson Kelvin Davis says. Prison units at Waikeria, Tongariro and Rimutaka ... More>>

    ALSO:

  • NZ First - Prison Job Losses to Send Money Offshore
  • TPPA: ‘Team Obama’ Regroups On Fast Track, Still Not Deliverable

    ‘After yesterday’s stinging and unexpected defeat for the Obama administration’s attempt to advance Fast Track legislation in the US Senate, Senate leaders have worked up a compromise they think will get them past this blockage’, according to Auckland ... More>>

    NZ Government: 5,500 More Doctors And Nurses In Our Hospitals

    Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says a record number of doctors and nurses are working in District Health Boards across the country. More>>

    Controller and Auditor General: Katherine Rich Conflict of Interest Decision

    We are writing to you about a matter that has been raised with us by members of the public. More>>

    ALSO:

    Budget 2015: Andrew Little On The 2015 Budget

    Speaking to the Chamber of Commerce, the Labour opposition leader attacked the government’s approach to economic issues facing New Zealand. He said they have been “more than reckless in their complacency” and “the next week’s budget will do nothing ... More>>

    Defence Force: NZDF Building Partner Capacity Mission Personnel In Iraq

    NZDF Building Partner Capacity Mission Personnel in Iraq The New Zealand Defence Force Building Partner Capacity training mission contingent is in place at Taji Military Complex in Iraq. The Chief of Defence Force Lieutenant General Tim Keating says the ... More>>

    PM Press Conference: ACC Levy Cuts Announced

    In a press conference this afternoon in Wellington, ACC Minister Nikki Kaye proposed $500 million worth of ACC levy cuts. More>>

    Quakes: New Process For Red Zone Crown Offers

    Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee has announced a process to give everyone a say on the Crown offers to owners of vacant, commercial/industrial and uninsured properties in the Residential Red Zone. More>>

    ALSO:

    Get More From Scoop

     

    LATEST HEADLINES

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Politics
    Search Scoop  
     
     
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news