1 Apr 2019

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A teacher aide, a bus driver and Batman

Back2School Campaign Final Photo

It’s been a huge 3 weeks visiting 3 primary schools across New Zealand as part of our 2019 Back to School Campaign. Throughout the campaign we heard and read about so many “good sorts” all across NZ and the fantastic work they do in their communities. Selecting only 3 winners wasn’t an easy task, but it was great to meet these local heroes, and to share a special milk moment with them and All Blacks legend Richie McCaw.

Our first winning entry came from Tane Barbour at of Rangikura School, Porirua. The seven-year-old, who was born blind, nominated his teacher aide Blanche Riwiri for helping him adjust to school. Blanche has been with him from day one helping him to learn braille and teaching herself at the same time.

Mossburn School was up next for a surprise visit from Richie McCaw. The Fonterra Milk for Schools team and Richie headed to the deep South to meet Will & Jake Mackie, who nominated their bus driver and local superstar Jim Guyton. Jim is involved with the fire station and community centre supporting the kids’ ripper rugby.

Our third and final winner was from Willowbank School in Auckland. Year 4 student Jack Benson nominated local dairy owner Raju Patel, aka Batman. Raju is well known in his local community for both his costume and his selfless acts. He gives up his time to visit sick children at Starship and Kidzfirst hospitals, dressed as his Batman persona. He also works with the Make a Wish foundation where ‘Batman’ accompanies seriously ill children on outings. Check out the video below to see how the surprise visit went.

Thank you for taking part!

We want to say a massive thank you to everyone who sent in a nomination. We have seen so many wonderful stories of awesome people in your communities, and we couldn't have done it without you!

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