Our Unsung Heroes in 2018 Putaruru Primary School
Lynne Richards and Kerry Farrant have been a part of Putaruru Primary School since it started 14 years ago. They’re always volunteering to help out when needed – for example they’ll often put up their hands to help out with school camp when the school is short of parent help. So of course, when the KickStart Breakfast club was introduced, they were the first to put their hands up again.
Over the past 10 years Lynne and Kerry have rarely missed a day, arriving at 7:30am to set up for the breakfast club. Principal Trish Scown says they make every child feel special.
"When the children walk in the door of breakfast club, Lynne and Kerry welcome them all by their name and help cheer them up if they’re a bit down.”
To acknowledge their wonderful efforts, Lynne and Kerry have been co-named as the KickStart Breakfast Unsung Heroes for 2018. This award recognises a volunteer who ensures their KickStart Breakfast club is run to a high standard and the programme’s values are upheld and maintained throughout the year.
Thanks to Lynne and Kerry’s high expectations when it comes to running a breakfast club, the children have learned how to use their manners; sit at the table properly, hold and use their utensils correctly and tidy up once they have finished their meal. Most importantly, they learn how to socialise with lots of different children and not just their friends.
Volunteers are the backbone of the programme and people like Lynne and Kerry are the epitome of what this programme is about. They’re helping our Kiwi kids start their day the best way possible - with a good nutritious breakfast and creating a community around this.
Congratulations Lynne and Kerry! Thank you for your commitment and dedication, you represent hundreds of Unsung Heroes around the country who give up their time to run the breakfast club each day. With this award, Lynne and Kerry will receive $1,500 each.