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Kids kick goals for other kids

Natasha Wade  June 28, 2017 2:00 PM

Year 7 students from Nazareth Catholic College present a cheque to Ian Steel from Kickstart for Kids and Crows players

Year 7 students from Nazareth Catholic College present a cheque to Ian Steel from Kickstart for Kids and Crows players

A class of local primary school students has got behind Adelaide’s Kicking Goals for Kids initiative to help ensure other kids in the community don’t start the day hungry. 

The class, from Nazareth Catholic College at Findon, made a $1000 donation to the program when Crows players including Eddie Betts, Daniel Talia, Charlie Cameron, Kyle Hartigan, Ben Jarman and Matt Signorello visited the school on Tuesday.

Teacher John Caruana said the students had raised the money as part of Business and Economics lessons where they had to set up a small business on a budget of $12 to either sell goods or provide a service to the students at the school.

“The students ran stalls offering goods or services and were extremely proud of their profit,” John said. 

“When discussing what to do with the money, the students along with teachers decided that we would like to help out other kids in our community. 

“With a number of keen Crows fans at the school, the Kickstart for Kids program seemed to be a great fit.”

The Crows Children’s Foundation has partnered with Kickstart for Kids in 2017 to help the organisation provide up to 40,000 breakfasts weekly to local school children to ensure they don’t start the day hungry.

The not-for-profit organisation runs breakfast, lunch and mentoring programs in SA schools and also provides basic clothing and healthcare needs to improve education outcomes for children experiencing hardship.

The Foundation has donated $100,000 to Kickstart’s programs, and is urging footy fans to help out through the Kicking Goals for Kids initiative as well.

Kickstart for Kids CEO Ian Steel was also on hand to receive the novelty cheque from Year 7 students from Nazareth and said the donation would help fund the organisation’s breakfast program at one school for an entire year.

“Making sure every child eats a daily breakfast is one of the simplest ways to improve their health, behaviour and school performance,” he said.