Charity Partner KidsCan

Our partnership
with KidsCan

Who is KidsCan?

In 2005 when KidsCan started it was providing food and clothing items to 40 low decile schools.  Today KidsCan is helping 800 schools and 25 Early Childhood Education Centres – providing food, raincoats, shoes, socks, health and sanitary items to over 30,000 Kiwi kids every day. All kids in New Zealand deserve an equal start in life. But when you show up to school cold, wet and hungry, the odds are already against you. Sadly, this is the reality for thousands of children in New Zealand.  It’s no secret that education is a child’s ticket out of poverty. So, it’s KidsCan’s mission to make sure they all get a fair shot.

How KidsCan and Cadbury
are working together

Our charity partner KidsCan is helping ensure that donations and community grants get into the hands of kids in need. Through their connections with over 800 New Zealand schools, we have been able to work together to fund 480 sports grants totalling $400K and distribute 60,000 pieces of kit.

Community Grants

As part of the ongoing partnership between KidsCan and the Donate Your Kit programme, there have been $400K in community grants awarded to help individuals and local teams increase their participation in sport, and to help schools upgrade their facilities with new sports equipment.

Here is a selection of the individuals and teams the programme has awarded grants to, with the help of some sporting legends to make it even more special.

  • BMX biking legend Sarah Walker surprised Otane school students with a brand new bike track and a bundle of new BMX bikes.
  • Olympic surfing hopeful Paige Hareb helped ten students from William Colenso College in Napier who had never surfed finally hit the waves with ten new surfboards and wetsuits.
  • All Blacks Sevens’ co-captain Tim Mikkelson made sure rugby-mad students of TKKM in Te Puke scored big with brand new rugby posts for the school.
  • New Zealand Breakers’ star Tom Abercrombie helped Coromandel Area School (CAS) score a slam dunk with students by unveiling two brand new outdoor basketball hoops.

With the DYK programme continuing into 2021, Cadbury & KidsCan are committed to keep helping more individuals and local teams increase their participation in sport.

Credit: Getty Images
Credit: Getty Images


If you are in need of preloved kit please contact our charity partner KidsCan who will be able to assist you.

We understand that not everyone has kit to give, so if you would like to still help give kids a chance to participate in sport, you can contact KidsCan directly here.