One of the younger classes at school organised “Heroes Day”, celebrating people who do great things. The class was raising money and awareness to help KidsCan, a New Zealand charity that does awesome work supportong kids who go without the basics.
KidsCan addresses New Zealand’s serious problems in child poverty. We’re a first world-country that has shameful statistics in child health, nutrition and poverty. KidsCan provides raincoats, shoes, socks, and food for children who need help.
I love what KidsCan does, but I’m painfully aware that their work is a band-aid solution. What they do helps kids, but it doesn’t address the problems that lead to poverty, hunger and illness.
I am a firm believer that a strong society helps its weakest members; I would love it if KidsCan no longer had to support our children. In the meantime, helping out and raising awareness makes our kids heroes!