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Helping Kaikoura Coast kids back to school

By andreasvendsen on February 1, 2017

It’s back to school season, and the Harcourts Foundation is giving $62,600 directly to the people of Kaikoura Coast to ease the stress surrounding this expensive time.

Each of the students who attend Kaikoura’s six schools, as well as the two schools in Seddon and Ward, will have their back to school stationery paid for by the Harcourts Foundation.

Stationery packs will be delivered to each student and any remaining money from the $62,600 will go to the local schools for spending on essentials for the 2017 school year. (Delivered by the Canterbury Crusaders above).

Harcourts Foundation ambassador Emma Revell says after the devastating earthquake last November, the foundation was determined to help.

“With the immediate need taken care of by the government and the Red Cross, we decided to focus on long term needs. We settled on a financially stressful time for most families – back to school.”

Emma Revell says all of the money was donated by Harcourts franchises from around the country, and it was incredible to see the Harcourts team band together to help out fellow New Zealanders.

“That’s what the Foundation is all about – helping our communities. We are incredibly proud to be able to make life a little easier for the people of Kaikoura Coast after the losses and trauma they have faced.”

Harcourts Kaikoura business owner Mark Davis and manager Janice Dreaver say the resilience of the people of Kaikoura Coast has been very apparent, but people still need help.

“People have lost their homes and their jobs. Tourism is so important here, and obviously, the earthquake has had an impact.

“We want our community to know: the cost of sending the kids back to school is one thing you don’t need to worry about,” Janice Dreaver says.

Emma Revell says all the stationery purchased by the Harcourts Foundation to help kids back to school, will be sourced within Kaikoura to help local business.

In addition, the Harcourts Foundation has worked closely with boards of trustees and school principals to ensure the money is used to benefit the most people in need.

Harcourts NZ CEO Chris Kennedy says the Harcourts Foundations is proud to make a real difference for the people of Kaikoura Coast in 2017.

“We know from the Christchurch earthquake, that the long-term need becomes very apparent in the month’s following the disaster. This is why we chose to help in this way.

“This is the Harcourts Foundation and Harcourts New Zealand standing behind the children, families and people of Kaikoura Coast.”