KickStart Breakfast Unsung Hero of the Year 2019 Jeannette Irwin
Jeannette Irwin from St Joseph’s Catholic School, Pukekohe has been volunteering and running the breakfast club for over two years. Following a fire to their school hall in 2017, the usual breakfast club had to be scaled down and split into two spaces to fit all the tamariki. Jeanette didn’t let this get in the way and took on the task of ensuring any junior student who wanted breakfast would go to class with a full tummy.
She also utilised this time to make breakfast a learning time with songs and reading making breakfast club a hive of activity and happy children! Jeannette’s catch phrase is ‘Kids can’t learn without breakfast’ has been instrumental in her approach of running the breakfast club. Her warm nature and kind heart goes beyond the school gates in supporting the wider community.