Making a difference to kids who need it.
As part of our ongoing Community Investment Program, Lion proudly continues to partner with the Graeme Dingle Foundation to offer educational programs for kids in New Zealand.
The Foundation aims to inspire all school age New Zealand children to reach their full potential through programs that help build self-esteem, promote good values and teach valuable life, education and health skills.
A well-known humanitarian, philanthropist and outdoor adventurer, New Zealand native Sir Graeme Dingle has dedicated a huge amount of personal time, energy and capital to the Foundation which has helped improve the lives of thousands of kids.
Kiwi Can is one tried and tested initiative helping kids to learn techniques to overcome bullying in their schools. Designed by the Foundation and aimed specifically at primary and intermediate school kids, it delivers a range of physical, mental and creative challenges – plus safe and interactive lessons to teach kids teamwork skills and how to adopt a can-do attitude. Kids and teachers alike are gaining so much from the program, with noticeable improvements in relationships, resilience and engagement.
We’re incredibly proud to report that Lion’s investment in the Graeme Dingle Foundation has allowed expansion of the Kiwi Can program to include more than 1,000 children in a cluster of schools close to New Zealand’s largest brewery and Lion’s lead brewery, The Pride of Tamaki.
While Kiwi Can is for all New Zealand kids, the Tamaki region experiences high levels of social disengagement and has provided an invaluable opportunity to be involved in making a measurable difference to kids who need it.
The program has proven hugely successful, with teachers reporting increased engagement and attendance at school and a real improvement in attitudes and confidence amongst students.
Recently, our winery Wither Hills winery hosted the Chefs’ Night Out, raising $40,000 for the Graeme Dingle Foundation and Kiwi Can Marlborough. The great part is this means another entire school will benefit from a full year of Kiwi Can lessons, and it also allows other program to be trialled and launched in the region.
As a key investor in this initiative, we are proud of the changes that we have been able to help bring about. These communities are crucial to the success of our business, and we are proud to contribute to the future of our kids.