Warriors player Ben Henry distributes coats at Onepoto Primary School

Last updated 05:00 15/04/2014
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Sarah Argyle

HAPPY DAYS: Vodafone Warriors player Ben Henry made a guest appearance at Onepoto Primary School in Northcote bringing with him raincoats to keep the students dry this winter.

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Forget the in fighting  -  Vodafone Warrior rugby league player Ben Henry is out in the community helping kids weather a different kind of storm.

Henry is assisting his club in its efforts to support children's charity Kids Can and supply children with raincoats to keep them dry this winter.

His appearance this month at Onepoto Primary School in Auckland coincided with the controversial resignation of Warriors coach Matt Elliott and a public spat between club owners Eric Watson and Sir Owen Glenn.

But Henry is focused on KidsCan and the job at hand.

The Vodafone Warriors and KidsCan signed a three-year partnership in 2013 that saw 16,000 kids from low decile schools across the country receiving raincoats. More than twice the number will be distributed this year.

KidsCan chief executive Julie Chapman says children who don't have rain coats often stay home when it rains.

"We want them to be able to get to school in a position where they are ready to learn."

KidsCan also provides kids from participating schools with 32,000 meals a week and has 20,000 pairs of shoes and 40,000 pairs of socks ready to distribute before winter.

"Our kids are our future and society will benefit as a whole if we show our commitment to the health and well-being of all New Zealand children right now," Chapman says.

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