Suncorp New Zealand is helping children affected by domestic violence stay connected with their schools and online learning through a one-off $100,000 donation to the domestic violence charity, Shine.

Suncorp New Zealand has supported Shine as a community partner for the past two years and recognised that during the Covid-19 level 4 lockdown there was increased need for education support for children impacted by domestic violence, particularly those in emergency accommodation.

“With New Zealand children now reliant on virtual learning we knew it was important for students who’d experienced family harm to stay connected to the outside world and their learning,” said chief executive Paul Smeaton.

“Domestic violence incidents have unfortunately increased during the lockdown. Everybody deserves to be safe and feel safe in their own home. We hope our contribution helps lessen the burden for children in these situations.”

The $100,000 donation is in addition to more than $100,000 of support Suncorp and its people has already provided to Shine over the past two years and will give families access to digital devices and one-on-one support through the KIDshine programme.

June 2020

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