Support for life skills
A life skills programme for school children recently launched in Rotorua is attracting new community support from a local service station.
The Kiwi Can programme launched in three Rotorua schools this year.
It gives 550 primary and intermediate school children training and skills in core values such as respect, integrity and good citizenship.
“Our aim is to teach our children that what they have inside them is greater than the obstacles they face,” says regional manager Megan Kusabs from Graeme Dingle Foundation Rotorua.
Funded through sponsorship and grants, Kiwi Can has been offered support through the My Challenge programme run across Challenge service stations.
Harpreet Singh from Challenge Rotorua says through the My Challenge rewards programme customers can choose to donate their fuel discount to Kiwi Can.
“We’re locally owned and employ local staff, so this is a really direct way for us to help our own community,” he says.
He heard about the Kiwi Can programme through a local parent and was impressed by the sustained relationships the programme creates with children.
“They’re in there every week over the whole year, giving every student in those schools some really solid life skills.”
“Our main costs are putting our people into the school, providing rewards for the kids, resources and equipment, those sorts of things,” says Megan. “So any money that comes in via My Challenge is going directly to reaching a large number of young people.”
She is hoping Kiwi Can can expand to include another two schools in 2019.
Horohoro School students are proud to be a Kiwi Can school.