Breakfast Blues lift pupils

By Sophie Ryan

The Blues prepared for their big game today by having a big breakfast yesterday with the pupils at Te Kura O Otangarei.

Kids Kai Time, a charity focused on educating and nourishing children, enlisted the help of The Blues and Bank of New Zealand to put together a healthy breakfast and packed lunches for the kids.

The Blues' players got stuck in helping out.

Prop Ofa Tu'ungafasi said healthy breakfasts were always on the menu at his home.

"I always make porridge for me and my little brothers," he said.

Lock Kane Barrett said it was drilled into him since he was a little kid that a healthy breakfast was the only option.

Barrett said yesterday morning at the school was incredibly rewarding for him and all the players.

The players assembled lunches with fruit, yoghurt, sandwiches, fresh vegetables, and a toothbrush and toothpaste for all the pupils.

The pupils came in and met all the players with a handshake. The players posed for photos with the kids.

A bowl of Weet-Bix, fruit salad and milk was dished up and served to the kids by The Blues.

Myles Ferris, principal of Te Kura O Otangarei, said it was great to see the kids excited over meeting the players.

"It's great for our kids to let them know that there are people who care," he said.

Mr Ferris also thought Kids Kai Time's approach to nutrition, with a focus of five fruit and veges a day and regular exercise, sent a positive message.

"It helps make our kids stop and think."

- Northern Advocate

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