KidsCan - Julie Chapman - A Step-Mum Did This

We salute super step-mum Julie. Julie Chapman is the CEO and Co founder of KidsCan. After hearing media reports about New Zealand children going without the basics, Julie was inspired to act and launched Kidscan in her Greenhithe garage in 2005. Since then the KidsCan Chartable Trust has provided more than 70,000 raincoats, 40,000 pairs of shoes, 80,000 pairs of socks and millions of food items for children in low decile schools in New Zealand. In 2008 Julie was recognised as a Sir Peter Blake emerging leader and was a 2010 finalist for Kiwibank New Zealander of the year. We are in awe of Julie’s selfless work. When she’s not hard at work with KidsCan, Julie enjoys family life with her partner, step-daughter, three dogs and five cats:

MoT loves all Mums – what flavour are you? Step Mum and Working Mum.

Which Mum badges are you qualified to wear? Throwing a Tantrum, In Love with One Direction and Smelly with Attitude.

List three things that have changed since you co-founded KidsCan;
1. We are not working out of a garage anymore.
2. The kind of poverty we are seeing has become worse.
3. However community awareness and understanding that child poverty is an issue has increased.

What are your words of wisdom for fellow MoTs on jiggling the juggle?
Never try to jiggle while you juggle but if it cannot be avoided (which we all know it can’t) make sure you carve out time with your partner and that you pamper yourself on the odd occasion.

What three words would your friends use to describe you?
Kind
Honest
Loyal

What did you want to be when you grew up?
Police Officer

What is your biggest fear?
Bungy Jumping

What is your favourite thing to do on Sunday?
Relax and spending time at home with my family and our animals.

What embarrassing incident have you never gotten over?
Wearing a dress with a full zip up the back and the zip split while at a night club when I was younger.

Life is good when…you learn to appreciate the simple things.

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