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Max e Grants stop isolation of disadvantaged children

OfficeMax is proud to announce that entries are now open for the latest round of Max e Grants.

Max e Grants are an OfficeMax initiative providing financial support and essential items to disadvantaged children aged 4-18 with their education. Schools, kindergartens and day care centres can nominate children in need for grants of up to $5,000.

To date the programme has raised an incredible $720,000, with children receiving stationery, school uniforms and teacher’s aides as well as access to extra-curricular activities such as swimming lessons, school excursions and camps.

This year Max e Grants will provide $130,000 of grants thanks to Gold sponsors Brother, Croxley and OfficeMax; Silver sponsors Acco, BIC and BJ Ball Papers; and Bronze sponsors ACME and Frankco & Simon.

OfficeMax New Zealand’s National Manager of Government & Education, Blair Horsfall says the grants make an important difference in ensuring all children receive the education they deserve.

“For many children, standing out because of their family’s financial position can have a devastating effect on their education. The aim of these grants is to achieve inclusion for every child, which creates a more supportive and effective learning environment,” he said.

In the past five years Max e Grants have helped over 10,000 children attain a better education, including sending 21 Maori children, who could otherwise not attend, on their school camp. Students were able to take part in a range of activities for the very first time, including for many, venturing outside of Auckland.

“Education is instrumental in reducing poverty and disadvantage. As well as providing children with the tools and knowledge they need, an education develops their self-esteem,” Blair said.

A small grant can make a big difference and a priority for the programme is to support children living in isolated rural and remote areas and recently settled refugee or migrant communities.

Entries for this round of Max e Grants close August 28. For more details or to apply please visit maxegrants.co.nz

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