Over $15,000 was raised for vulnerable Kiwi kids on Monday, thanks to Domino’s National Doughraiser for children’s charity KidsCan.

A dollar from every pizza sold on the day was donated to KidsCan for their Food for Kids programme, which provides free basic meals such as bread, spreads, fruit pottles, raisins, muesli bars, spaghetti and baked beans for disadvantaged kids who may not receive three square meals at home.

Domino’s Pizza New Zealand General Manager Josh Kilimnik says that the National Doughraiser was a resounding success.

“It’s great to see this National Doughraiser in action where every single Domino’s all over the country is involved in raising money for Kiwi kids. It is with great pleasure that we are able to donate this $15,000 to KidsCan. At Domino’s we strongly believe in giving back and lending a hand where we can, and there is no cause more worthy than helping the smallest and most vulnerable members of our community,” he says.

KidsCan CEO and Founder Julie Helson says that the trust’s partnerships with organisations such as Domino’s is essential to help the more than 270,000 Kiwi kids living in poverty. “KidsCan would like to thank Domino’s and all its customers for getting behind this National Doughraiser. The money raised will be used for our food programme, which currently supports 20,000 disadvantaged children every year. We are looking forward to our next Domino’s Doughraiser!”

KidsCan runs a number of programmes for children living in low socio-economic areas, such as Food for Kids, Raincoats for Kids and Shoes for Kids.

The programmes aim to reduce inequality among Kiwi kids – 211 schools are signed up for KidsCan programmes from Kaitaia to Invercargill, with a further 98 schools on the waiting list. Kilimnik says that Domino’s will definitely be holding more Doughraisers in future to continue their support for KidsCan.

“They say charity begins at home and we aim to fulfil that vision. Our Doughraisers are not just for national organisations but also local community groups, charities, schools and sporting clubs – they can just drop into their local Domino’s for more information on where to start,” he says.

Visit www.dominospizza.co.nz to find out more.

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