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last updated 07/11/2022

Christmas comes early thanks to KidsCan kids

last updated 07/11/2022

November 2022 – Every year, The Coffee Club and KidsCan collaborate on a special competition to design the seasonal takeaway cups used in The Coffee Club's 65 cafés around New Zealand. But it's not just about the glory of winning – the young artists also raise thousands of dollars for their schools

This year, more than 300 entries were received from over 30 schools across New Zealand supported by KidsCan, and the winning artists’ designs earned a total of $12,000 for their schools. The new takeaway cups featuring the winning Christmas-themed designs are now available at all The Coffee Club stores nationally – yet another reason to look forward to Christmas.

First place in this year's KidsCan Christmas Cup Artwork Competition went to nine-year-old Peyton Wells from Auckland’s West Harbour School, who has won a $1,000 Westfield voucher for his design. Peyton’s very creative artwork showcases Santa’s friends in the snowing North Pole preparing for Christmas. It features Santa’s gingerbread house and a Christmas tree in the background, a reindeer, gingerbread man, and a baby polar bear among some scattered presents in the snow, as well as an elf making a snowman. Peyton's artwork will appear on the medium takeaway cups.

Second place, and a $600 Westfield voucher, went to Rashi Solanki (10) from Waltham School in Christchurch. In contrast to the first-placed artwork, Rashi’s design has a Kiwi Christmas summer theme, with Santa (in boardshorts and jandals, of course) at the beach next to a Christmas tree, coconut palm tree and a sandcastle. Rashi’s design will appear on the large takeaway cups.

Third place, and a $400 Warehouse voucher, went to Esme Malcolm (5) from Edgecumbe Primary School in the Bay of Plenty. Esme's artwork added Christmas lights to Santa and a reindeer, and will appear on the small takeaway cups – a fine start to the budding young artist's career.

Ten students from various schools across the country also received Highly Commended awards in recognition of the creativity of their design entries. 

Supporting kids' education, health and well-being

The popular annual competition aims to raise awareness of the work being done by KidsCan to support the education, health and wellbeing of Kiwi kids living in hardship.

The Coffee Club New Zealand has been a proud supporter of KidsCan since 2009 and has been involved in a number of campaigns and initiatives with KidsCan including The Big Night In telethon back in 2009, the Mystery Envelope Appeal, Christmas Crackers, Campbell Live Lunchbox Day Appeal and KidsCan Online Auctions. The franchise has donated more than $100,000 to the charity, KidsCan partner schools and kids in that time.

For more information on KidsCan, including information on how you can get involved either as an individual or business, please visit

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