Sup­port for life skills

Rotorua Weekender - - News -

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.

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Horo­horo School stu­dents are proud to be a Kiwi Can school.

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