This festive season, most families will be busy spending time with loved ones, but across New
Zealand there are many children who find the holidays one of the toughest times of the year.
It's when issues around family relationships, abuse and neglect can affect young people the most.
To help ease what can be a tough time for many children, OfficeMax has joined up with children’s charity Barnardos to raise funds for its free helpline, 0800 What’s Up.
OfficeMax has designed a do-it-yourself colour-me-in bag, with $5 from each sale donated to the helpline.
OfficeMax Australia and New Zealand’s managing director Kevin Obern says the company is pleased to help such a worthy cause.
“We love working with Barnardos and having the opportunity to give a helping hand to children across New Zealand,” says Kevin.
Throughout 2016 Barnardos counsellors answered more than 35,000 calls – traditionally receiving the bulk from children during the holidays.
Barnardos fundraising manager Jacqui Ritchie says every $5 donated helps answer another call.
“Every bit counts when it comes to providing support and doing more for kids across the nation,” she says.
The colour-me-in bag is available for $9.99 in all OfficeMax stores nationwide and online.
For more information on Barnardos visit barnardos.org.nz, or to talk to a counsellor call free on: 0800 WHATSUP (0800 942 8787). The line is open seven-days-a-week (weekdays 1–10pm and weekends 3–10pm). You can also chat online every day between 5-10pm.
The Weekend Sun has three colour-me-in bags with coloured pens to give away to three lucky readers.