KidsCan Shoes for Kids Programme

Hundreds of financially disadvantaged children will have warm and dry feet this winter, thanks to a grant from the Mazda Foundation to the KidsCan Shoes for Kids programme.

The $5,000 grant was one of 12 grants totalling over $78,000 handed out by the Mazda Foundation in its latest funding round.

Carl Sunderland, KidsCan Charitable Trust spokesperson said the organisation was extremely grateful for further support from the Mazda Foundation, which supported its Raincoats for Kids programme in 2007.

“The Shoes for Kids programme provides underprivileged children with shoes, a necessity which is often taken for granted. An alarming number of children around New Zealand attend school in winter with no shoes, or with shoes that are in an appalling condition.

“This grant will provide quality footwear and two pairs of socks to 250 underprivileged children – keeping their little feet warm and dry throughout winter, and boosting their self-esteem.”