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Kihikihi kids launch campaign

Courtesy of Te Awamutu Courier

Kihikihi School ChoirBy Grant Johnston

A song written by Kihikihi School teacher trainee Miriam Miller and sung by the school choir helped launch the national Every Child Counts campaign today.

The song, also titled ‘Every Child Counts’, was broadcast on the Radio New Zealand Morning Show and will be performed at a VIP function in Auckland later today.

Plunket CEO Deborah Morris Travers (former Minister of Youth Affairs) attended a school assembly recently to listen to the choir perform the song.

She congratulated Miss Miller and the choir on their performance and said the song would help spread the Every Child Counts message to Members of Parliament and others who had the power to make New Zealand a safer place for children.

The song was the sequel to a chance conversation between Mrs Morris Travers and Miss Miller at the Royal Easter Show, where Kihikihi pupils art work depicting ‘Every Child Counts’ was on show.

Mrs Morris Travers said Every Child Counts was an election year campaign driven by a coalition of non governmental agencies promoting public debate - including Barnados, UNICEF NZ, Save the Children NZ and Plunket. The campaign is aimed at placing children at the centre of government policy development, ending child poverty and reducing child abuse and neglect.

The 17-strong Kihikihi School choir and Miss Miller was accompanied to Auckland today by pianist Marcella Vlaanderen, principal, Graeme Miller and parents.