With Christmas Cookies, every bite counts! Money from every bucket of Christmas Cookies sold in the past seven campaigns has gone to help Kiwi kids with dyslexia. An estimated one in ten New Zealanders have dyslexia, but no government funding is available.
Dyslexia can bring learning challenges and low self-esteem. However, if understood and addressed, dyslexia can be an awesome creative force, and we want to see these kids reach their full potential.
The Trust supports this work through its role as principal sponsor of the Dyslexia Foundation of New Zealand. Christmas Cookies has raised close to $1.5 million for the Trust to date, and more than $200,000 alone has been raised in last year’s campaign. We'd like to say a big thank you to all Christmas Cookies lovers who have helped with this!
Many of our most talented and gifted New Zealanders are dyslexic – including Weta Workshop’s Richard Taylor, NZ Idol life coach Sian Jacquet, motivational speaker Billy Graham, the Mad Butcher Peter Leitch, and the late motorcycle designer John Britten.
Children have great imaginations, and dyslexic children are often capable of wonderful ‘out of the box’ thinking that can set them up for great success in life. Small changes make a big difference in helping dyslexic children thrive, some as simple as using a dyslexic friendly font, or giving verbal instructions rather than written.
A big focus for the Dyslexia Foundation is its 4D schools programme, which provides guidance on effective action to benefit children with dyslexia, as well as all those with difference or diversity. Click here to find out more about the 4D schools programme.
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