03 May 2016
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Things were looking up for 12-year-old Dannille and her family. Her mum had been saving up for new uniforms and had got them all ready for school to start. 

But two weeks before Christmas, disaster struck the family. Their home burnt down, along with all their possessions – including the children’s school uniforms.

Dannille and her family were left to start from scratch. Fortunately there was no loss of life from the fire but the family was left with only the clothes on their backs.

Faced with the thought of her kids starting school without the uniforms they needed, her mum applied to Variety for a grant to buy a new school uniform for Dannille.

Thanks to generous Variety supporters, Dannille got her uniform and was all set up for the start of a new school year. Her mum said that it’s meant much more than just a uniform:

“She got a fresh start this year. She started school looking proud in her new uniform and I didn’t have to worry about how she felt looking different to all the other kids in a secondhand one that was too big or small. And that head start has really made her go further.”

“She hasn’t got the chance to be roaming the streets and hanging out with people making mischief – now she’s focused on school and kapa haka and learning to play the guitar”.

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