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OfficeMax amps up support for Kiwi kids during holidays

This festive season most families will be busy spending time with loved ones, but across New Zealand there are many children who find the holidays one of the toughest times of the year. It's when issues around family relationships, abuse and neglect can affect young people the most.

To help ease what can be a tough time for many children, leading stationery and office supplier OfficeMax has joined up with children’s charity Barnardos to raise funds for Barnardos kids’ free helpline called ‘0800 What’s Up’.

Just in time for Term 1, OfficeMax has designed a do-it-yourself colour-me-in bag, with $5 from each sale donated to the helpline during what is its busiest time.

OfficeMax Australia and New Zealand’s Managing Director Kevin Obern said they are pleased to help such a worthy cause, providing support for Kiwi kids this summer.

“We love working with Barnardos and having the opportunity to give a helping hand to children across New Zealand,” he said.

“Purchasing the colour-me-in bag for your child is not only great for back to school, but also provides a valuable lesson on the importance of helping others less fortunate.”

Throughout 2016 Barnardos counsellors answered more than 35,000 calls – traditionally receiving the bulk from children during holidays.

Barnardos Fundraising Manager Jacqui Ritchie said every $5 donated helps answer another call. 

“Every bit counts when it comes to providing support and doing more for kids across the nation,” she said.

“We are so appreciative of the support from OfficeMax and its investment in caring for Kiwi kids.”

OfficeMax brand ambassador April Ieremia said she is looking forward to the colouring challenge, and the opportunity to give back to kids in a meaningful way.

“It’ll be fun to see how we can jazz this bag up – especially as my colouring skills have gone rusty since primary school,” she said.

The colour-me-in bag is available now for $9.99 in all OfficeMax stores nationwide and online, until stocks last. Every purchase will see $5 donated to Barnardos children’s helpline 0800 What’s Up.

For more information on OfficeMax products visit officemax.co.nz, myschool.co.nz or free phone 0800 426 473.

For more information on Barnardos visit barnardos.org.nz, or to talk to a counsellor, call 0800 WHATSUP (0800 942 8787) free seven days a week (weekdays 1pm–10pm and weekends 3pm–10pm). You can also chat online seven days a week between 5pm and 10pm.
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