KickStart for Kids will provide some of South Australia’s most disadvantaged children with the Christmas experiences they deserve this December, including gifts donated through Statewide Super’s KickStart Gratitude campaign.
While already serving approximately 1.4 million breakfasts annually to children in need, the not-for-profit charity will run its first extended day camp in the school holidays.
Founder Ian Steel says there is a desparate need for at-risk children to be cared for during the holiday period.
“We’ll be going to the kids’ houses and picking them up on a bus and entertaining them with workshops, trips to the beach and feeding them breakfast and lunch,” he says.
“They don’t get to celebrate Christmas so with Camp KickStart they have the opportunity to have Father Christmas and to have a Christmas lunch.
“They’ll have a good time in the holidays and look forward to the holidays instead of just hanging round on the street.”
As part of an expression of gratitude for their own fortunate circumstances, Statewide’s members, employers and staff will donate wrapped gifts to be distributed among the children.
“Father Christmas will start handing out presents to all these beautiful disadvantaged kids who would never, ever have the opportunity to get two or three presents for Christmas,” Ian says.
“They will be over the moon and they deserve it.”