Bradly England (14) in his new clothes yesterday, watched
by his mother, Tracey. Photo by Stephen Jaquiery.
Some good news has been delivered to Otago Daily
Many people contacted the newspaper with offers of help
following a feature story on child poverty last week.
South Dunedin solo mother Tracey England revealed she and son
Bradly (14) were left with just $60 a week, after paying
rent, power and other fixed costs.
She recently had to sell her car for $550 to buy groceries.
Donations of food, clothing, art supplies and money -
including two anonymous $1000 cheques - had arrived over the
''I'm humbled and embarrassed, but it's really, really
lovely. It's nice to know there are so many caring people out
there,'' Miss England said this week.
Some of the money was used to buy a winter duvet and new
clothes for her son.
''Bradly has been smiling his head off for the last week.
He's actually got some warm clothes now. He's been proudly
walking around in them all week.''
Kylie Foxton-Smith, of Wakari, and her family also received
the kindness of strangers.
Her husband has terminal cancer and one of their three
children is legally blind.
ODT readers sent a $1000 cheque and two $50 notes in
envelopes. Someone also paid most of their overdue power
''It's going to make a big difference to us,'' Mrs
''It's amazingly kind and it's very humbling. We feel like
we've been kicked in the teeth for so long. I'm just over the
moon,'' she said.
''We had a feed of takeaways to celebrate, which we don't get
to do very often. We also got new scarves and gloves for the
Dunedin social service organisations also contacted the
ODT after the article.
''Poverty is certainly a significant issue in New Zealand,''
Pregnancy Help Dunedin manager Chris Ottley said.
''We applaud the efforts of the Otago Daily Times in
its ongoing efforts to highlight this issue.''
Statistics New Zealand and Treasury recently admitted they
had understated the number of children in poverty and that up
to 40,000 more children lived in poverty than previously
Between 130,000 and 285,000 New Zealand children were now
living in poverty, which was up to 25% of New Zealanders
under 18, Child Poverty in New Zealand co-author Simon
''How much bigger does that figure have to go before we start
taking it seriously?'' he asked.
New Zealand Child and Youth Epidemiology Service director
Jean Simpson agreed, saying the level of child poverty was
''It simply should not be happening in a rich nation such as
New Zealand,'' Dr Simpson said.