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‘Growing for Good’ grants for primary schools

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Countdown is welcoming applications for up to 20 grants of up to $1000 each for young Kiwi gardeners, conservationists and environmental champions who want to enhance and protect Aotearoa’s environment.

To celebrate the successful phase out of single-use plastic carrier bags, Countdown has announced the ‘Growing for Good’ grants programme, which gives primary schools throughout New Zealand the opportunity to undertake environmental initiatives and projects led by Kiwi kids.

The announcement comes just two weeks after Countdown handed out its last single-use plastic carrier bag, two and half months ahead of schedule.

The move has prevented more than 50 million bags from entering the New Zealand waste-stream since May.

“If the letters and emails we receive are anything to go by, Kiwi kids are incredibly passionate about the environment and have heaps of great ideas about what we need to do to protect it,” says Kiri Hannifin, General Manager Corporate Affairs and Sustainability.

“They have such a pure view of the world and are also very connected to their physical environment so they really care what happens to it. We want to help invest in our kids to lead the charge for a greener future.

“We’re really pleased to be able to offer primary schools across New Zealand an opportunity to support kids to undertake their own environmental projects, helping foster the passion and skills we need for the next generation to take our country in to the future,” says Kiri.

“We’ve heard some amazing ideas from children who have written to us over the year, which we’d love to be able to support such as school beehives, planting native plants and trees, and laying vegetable gardens or starting orchards.

“We’d also love to hear from kids with ideas about how we can reduce things like food waste - an issue really close to our hearts here at Countdown."

Criteria and applications forms can be found at: www.countdown.co.nz/growingforgood

Applications are open and close on 30 November 2018.

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