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CHILDREN WIN THOUSANDS FOR THEIR SCHOOLS IN CHRISTMAS COMPETITION

by Simon Lord,
last updated 03/11/2017

2 November 2017 – The Coffee Club’s popular Christmas Cup art competition is back, and kids everywhere are the winners

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Kairau Wilson of TKKM o Hoani Waititi School in West Auckland holding her winning design, which has been printed on thousands of coffee cups.

Kairau Wilson of TKKM o Hoani Waititi School in West Auckland holding her winning design, which has been printed on thousands of coffee cups.

The winning cup and napkin designs now being used at The Coffee Club's stores throughout New Zealand

The winning cup and napkin designs now being used at The Coffee Club's stores throughout New Zealand

The full range of winning designs

The full range of winning designs

The Coffee Club New Zealand has launched three new Christmas coffee cup designs and two napkin designs, created by five school children who won a nationwide art competition held in conjunction with children’s charity KidsCan. This year, The Coffee Club also introduced a Highly Commended award which recognised a further six students for their creativity.

The winning designs earned schools a total of $13,750 thanks to their budding artists. The winning design, by Kairau Wilson (age 7) of TKKM o Hoani Waititi School in West Auckland, features Santa Claus holding a coffee cup, with reindeer drawing a sleigh in the background. It will appear on large takeaway cups. Kairau earned $4,000 for her school.

Second place was won by Cassius Marsh (age 10) of Mayfair School in Hastings, winning $3,000 for his school.

Third place went to Emily Hayashi (age 11), from Glen Eden Primary School, Auckland whose design won $2,000.

Fourth place was awarded to Nevaeh Hollis (age 8) from Te Hapara School in Gisborne, winning $1000 for the school.

Fifth place went to Tayla Francis (age 10) from Spreydon School in Christchurch. Her school received $750 in prize money.

The five young artists each received $250 Westfield vouchers. The six highly commended entrants, which included children from Auckland, Taupo and Levin, were each given $500 for their schools and $100 in vouchers for themselves.

The new designs hit stores on 1 November and will be available until mid-January.

Raising awareness, raising money

The Christmas Cup competition aims to raise awareness of the work being done by KidsCan to support the education, health and wellbeing of children living in hardship. Now in its fourth year, it has seen more than $40,000 donated to schools and the kids by The Coffee Club. 

The winning artists were selected from almost 300 entries from 30 schools supported by KidsCan all over New Zealand.

‘We’re into our fourth year of supporting KidsCan with the Christmas Cup Art Competition, and it’s one of the things we’re most proud of,’ says Brad Jacobs, Director of The Coffee Club. ‘We always get great entries and it’s pretty cool for us to be able to put out the winning designs for other people to enjoy.’

'We really love the Christmas Cup Competition and we’re so proud of the clearly talented children going to our KidsCan schools,' says Julie Chapman, KidsCan CEO and Founder. 'The cups really are pieces of art! It’s great to get so many children involved in something which encourages them to be creative while also drawing attention to our charity which has been helping create brighter futures for Kiwi kids since 2005. We’re really thankful to The Coffee Club for their support in making this happen and raising awareness of KidsCan and the wonderful students we support.'

Almost a quarter of all franchises in New Zealand raise over $100,000 each for charity each year. Read our look behind the scenes at how franchises choose their charities and how franchisees get involved in helping the communities they serve.

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