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Why we support KidsCan

Education can help a child get out of poverty, but kids can’t learn when they’re cold, wet or hungry and that’s why we’ve been proud principal partners of KidsCan since 2013.

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KidsCan provide nutritious food to 40,000 school kids each day and help keep them warm and dry by providing a fleece-lined jacket and comfortable shoes and socks. They also provide kids with essential health items like hand sanitiser and nit treatment. Plus, every pre-schooler who is supported by KidsCan receives a jacket, shoes, socks, health products and daily healthy meals.

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By giving tamariki in low decile schools and early childhood centres the essentials to learn, they’re helping to level the playing field, so every child has the same opportunity to learn and succeed in life.

Join Meridian and KidsCan in giving Kiwi kids an equal start. KidsCan is helping Kiwi kids living in hardship reach their full potential and create brighter futures for themselves.

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Infographic showing how KidsCan provide thousands of Kiwi kids with the essentials they need to remove barriers to learning.

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Removing tough choices for Kiwi kids

Kids shouldn’t have to make tough decisions like ‘do I walk to school in the rain without a jacket or shoes or stay home and keep dry?’ We don’t know about you, but we’d find it hard to learn if we were soaking wet or hungry.

KidsCan focused their March fundraising campaign on helping those kids who are forced to make hard choices every day, by asking Kiwis to help 500 tamariki (children) urgently in need. With one in five kids living in poverty, this is the sad reality for many tamariki in our communities.

As proud Principal Partner, we’re excited that Kiwis heard KidsCan’s plea, with 234 people signing up as monthly donors. That’s 234 new donors giving $30 a month to buy the essentials for 338 more kids that they need to learn and thrive.

With KidsCan, they know they have a warm jacket and sturdy shoes so they can go to school and spend the day learning and playing alongside their friends. They can also look forward to a delicious breakfast, nutritious lunch, and plenty of snacks to help fuel their brains and bodies.

At Meridian, we’ve been the proud Principal Partner of KidsCan since 2013 and have seen the difference KidsCan makes. And by being a Meridian customer, you’re helping too. Thank you for your ongoing support – together we’ve got the power to make a difference.”

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