Lincoln Heights Breakfast Club fuels young minds

MONICA TISCHLER
Last updated 05:00 18/03/2014
Breakfast CLub

FULL BELLIES: Brayden Kelly, 5, left, Calyssa Kelly, 11, and Lily Campbell-Ives, 7, are among Lincoln Heights schoolchildren that receive food from the Breakfast Club.

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Calyssa Kelly knows the importance of a full tummy before school.

It helps the 11-year-old concentrate in class.

"When I don't have breakfast, I yawn a lot and it's hard to listen to the teacher sometimes," she says.

Calyssa, her brother Brayden, 5, and fellow pupil Lily Campbell-Ives, 7, are among about 50 children at Massey's Lincoln Heights School that receive food from its Breakfast Club five days a week.

Charitable trust Scot Foundation supplies the club with food like hash browns, sausages and fruit every Friday.

The foundation helps disadvantaged children in both New Zealand and the Philippines through programmes including the Breakfast Club, literacy courses, gift giving and scholarships for Filipino children.

It's holding a charity event next month where funds raised through tickets, raffles and prizes will go back into its programmes.

The Special Dinner in Autumn event is on April 5 at The Coffee Club in Lincoln Rd.

Guests can expect live performances, drinks and a dinner. Scot Foundation executive director Mike De Boer says all programmes are for the benefit of children.

"Our heart is always on the disadvantaged and how we can break the cycle and give them a better life.

"Prior to the Breakfast Club, children weren't open to learn but now they're more content and happy to listen to what the teacher's saying.

"It's a labour of love and about releasing children for a better future," he says.

Call Scot Foundation chief executive officer Nanette Carillo on 021 0265 3242 or The Coffee Club on 215 0075 for tickets.

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