Inspiring Kai for Kids fundraising

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NUTRITIOUS: Packaging up school lunches are Kai for Kids operation manager Charlene Smith (right) and Promise Harrison.
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Kai for Kids Charitable Trust has two fundraisers planned for next month, as it continues to supply Mid Canterbury school pupils with free morning teas and lunches.

While the trust receives government funding to provide for all pupils at three of the district’s schools (Hampstead, Netherby, Chertsey), it also provides for morning tea and lunch at a number of other schools and preschools.

On top of the government funding it receives, it needs to raise $150,000 each year. It also applies for grants and receives donations.

The two fundraisers are Canterbury Women Rise’s Inspire Your Potential and Coins for Kids.

Inspire Your Potential will be on June 11.

It will feature three Mid Canterbury women – Kai for Kids founder Jo Taylor, deputy mayor Liz McMillan and former policewoman and owner of Triangle Espresso Toni Sweetman – sharing stories of their achievements.

INSPIRING VOICE: Ashburton deputy mayor Liz McMillan is one of three guest speakers at Canterbury Women Rise’s Inspire Your Potential on June 11.

Coins for Kids will be during the week beginning June 24. Schools are being asked to collect coins, as Sport Canterbury partners with Kai for Kids to hold fun activities at the schools.

The community can support Kai for Kids with donations at New World on June 25.

Kai for Kids are doing morning tea packs, containing tea and coffee, sweet and savoury treats that businesses can order for a donation.

Kai for Kids provides more than 800 lunches to pupils at educational facilities in Mid Canterbury each day.

Operations manager Charlene Smith said recent government announcements in relation to school lunches were not affecting Kai for Kids.

While there had been concern that the government would axe funding for free school lunches, now it would remain as it was for the 235,000 students in more than 1000 schools around Aotearoa receiving it.

A new interim delivery model would kick in next year, which has temporary funding for two years, to allow time for a full redesign of the school lunch programme before any more money was dedicated.

‘‘It is nice to know we can continue to do what we do to support the kids in Mid Canterbury for at least two years,’’ Smith said.

The food is prepared by paid staff and volunteers, who base themselves at the Ashburton Racecourse.

Kai for Kids is also planning an open day, on June 27. The public will be able to visit the racecourse between 9am to 11am to see what goes into making the morning teas and lunches for the schools.

‘‘We are very thankful to have our volunteers and are always looking for more. People are welcome to join us for our chop and chat on Wednesday’s from 4pm,’’ Smith said.

– Canterbury Women Rise’s Inspire Your Potential women’s motivational fundraising event will be at the Ashburton Racecourse, June 11, 7pm to 9pm. Tickets $15, includes refreshments, via events.humanitix. com/canterbury-women-rise-inspireyour-potential/tickets

Coin Collection at New World, June 25.

Kai for Kids open day, June 27 from 9am to 1pm at the Ashburton Racecourse.