Why we support KidsCan

We believe every child deserves a decent start in life.

Education is a child’s ticket out of poverty. It is how we will break the cycle of hardship, and it is at the core of everything KidsCan does. KidsCan are levelling the playing field, giving children whose families are struggling the same opportunity to learn as anyone else.

We have partnered with KidsCan to provide thousands of Kiwi kids with the essentials they need to remove barriers to learning. They are doing this by:

KidsCan has given kids over 190,000 pairs of shoes since 2013
KidsCan has given kids over 340,000 jackets
KidsCan has given kids over 30 million items of food
KidsCan has more than doubled the number of schools on a KidsCan programme, from 352 to 822
112 Early Childcare Centres have come on board since 2018
KidsCan has given over 1,000,000 hygiene items
Over 10,000 emergency food parcels sent during lockdown 20/21

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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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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