Taranaki’s hungry minds feed hungry kids

Having breakfast and talking business is about to get a whole lot more meaningful thanks to a fundraising event for KidsCan.

For the second year running local business advisory firm Baker Tilly Staples Rodway is providing Taranaki businesses the opportunity to support a charity while hearing interesting business news and getting a snapshot of the regional economy.

The event was popular in 2018 when the ticket sales went to Gabby’s Starlit Hope and funded the theatre vehicle in the children’s ward.

This year the ticket sales will go to the charity KidsCan – which works to put food in the tummies of hungry school children right across the region and nationwide.

The fundraising breakfast will include a keynote address from Venture Taranaki and the economic development agency’s chief executive Justine Gilliland says the latest business survey is positive.

Last year’s event was a success and raised money for Gabby’s Starlit Hope.
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“The region is bucking the national negative trend at the moment, a reflection of the positive energy, skills and ideas that underpin our region’s enterprises,” she says.

“I’m looking forward to sharing insights of what’s happening both at regional level and in terms of Venture Taranaki’s work to maintain our region’s momentum.”

Baker Tilly Staples Rodway director Daimon Stewart says the organisation witnesses the ebb and flow of wealth and opportunity daily.

“We know it’s important to recognise that not everyone is in the same financial position,” he says.

“We have all heard how a nourished body helps kids to think and learn, so this year we wanted to help create a more positive learning environment for tomorrows leaders.”

As well as a regional overview, local business leaders will have the opportunity to learn about recent legislative changes in employment law, recent tax changes, and the impact cloud technology has had on business privacy and security.

KidsCan’s CEO and founder Julie Chapman thanked the Taranaki business community for their support of the charity.

“The business leaders of the future are sitting in classrooms we support right now. They have the same potential and talent as any child – but they have so much more to overcome before they can succeed,” she says.

“Kids simply can’t learn when they’re hungry and cold. So, we’re leveling the playing field by providing food, raincoats, shoes and health items so they’re ready to learn.

“Education is their ticket out of poverty.”