Our Unsung Heroes in 2017 Kaikohe East School

Thursday, 31/08/2017

It’s 7:30am on Monday morning. Our 2017 KickStart Breakfast Unsung Heroes Ani Milner and Lois Maunell are just arriving at Kaikohe East School to set up for the morning’s breakfast.

Lois has already walked a couple of kilometres from her house and Ani has organised her husband and grandchildren for their day. Although both Ani and Lois have their own families, they continue to show unwavering dedication and commitment to the breakfast club.

The heaters are turned on, the breakfast is ready and kids are flooding through the doors to fill their bowls with Weet-bix and Anchor milk. Not a bad start to the day! Kids who haven’t been to the breakfast club before have heard about Ani, Lois and the breakfast club. More kids are turning up every day because of the warm and friendly atmosphere. Day after day, Ani and Lois go above and beyond to cater to the kids of Kaikohe East School, giving them the best start to their day – a nutritious breakfast.

Kaz Chamberlain, Special Education Needs Co-ordinator at Kaikohe East School, said “They’re role models for us all, reminding others that no matter what your situation, giving time to others is the greatest gift, especially for our children.” Congratulations Ani and Lois! You represent all of the amazing Unsung Heroes of the KickStart Breakfast programme who give up their time to provide breakfast to more than 28,000 kiwi kids every week.

The award recognises those who unselfishly give up their time to support students and schools and this year’s winners Ani and Lois will receive $3,000.