The Monkeys and KidsCan launch new campaign to help hungry kids

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AUCKLAND, Tuesday: The soaring cost of living is fuelling an education crisis for New Zealand children living in poverty. To coincide with the start of the new school year, KidsCan is launching its 2023 Back to School campaign with the aim to bring on board 450 new monthly donors to help not only feed but clothe a growing number of school children.

Created by The Monkeys Aotearoa, part of Accenture Song, the campaign uses visual and audio techniques to highlight how hunger can disrupt a child’s learning. The demonstration of blurred and confused thinking is based on verbatim comments from children about how their hunger makes them feel in class.

“We help feed 50,000 school children every day, and sadly demand is only growing, with thousands more on our waitlist for support.”

The national awareness campaign runs for three weeks across broadcast television, out of home advertising, print, radio, social and digital executions.

KidsCan CEO and Founder Julie Chapman says: “While Back to School campaigns are nothing new for KidsCan – this is an annual appeal – the cost-of-living crisis gripping New Zealand means the need for KidsCan’s support is greater than ever. We help feed 50,000 school children every day, and sadly demand is only growing, with thousands more on our waitlist for support.”

The Monkeys Aotearoa Chief Creative Officer Damon Stapleton adds: “When you’re hungry, it becomes all you can think about. It’s nearly impossible for school kids to concentrate without food to fuel their minds, and to know there’s nothing waiting for them in their lunchbox.


Client: KidsCan
CEO and Founder: Julie Chapman
General Manager of Fundraising and Marketing: Lisa Andrews
Marketing and Communications Manager: Leigh Jeffs
Marketing Executive: Chelsea Sorensen
Media Specialist: Sarah Stewart

Principal Partner: Meridian Energy
(Former) Chief Marketing Officer: Michael Healy
Meridian Marketing Lead: Rhys Musson
Branded Partnership Manager: Jules McMillan

Creative Agency: The Monkeys Aotearoa
Chief Creative Officer: Damon Stapleton
Creative Director: Christie Cooper
Creative Director: James Conner
Senior Art Director: Emily Joe
Senior Copywriter: Simone Louis
Head of Planning: Tom Sykes
Planner: Haley Hetherington
Head of Integrated Production: Rosie Grayson
Design Lead: Lucinda Fortescue-Hansen
Final Artist: Lisa Stowers
Studio Designer: Vivian Heng
Business Director: Michael Doolan

Media Agency: OMD
Head of Planning: Chrissy Payne
Senior Account Manager: Claire Uren

Production Company: Eight
Director: Jamie Lawrence
Executive Producer: Claire Kelly
DOP: Maria Ines Manchego
Editor: Ben Chesters
Online: Toybox
Sound Design: Liquid Studios

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