All Black Superstar Nehe Milner Skudder Joins Bread

Giving back to the East Coast

All Black superstar Nehe Skudder Milner joins Bread for a trip to the East Coast. Both Nehe and Mussie are from the Tairāwhiti region and took this opportunity to give back to their communities.

The East Coast was of particular focus because of its small isolated population. Children are exposed to the same things over and over again and get caught in a cycle of existence. Bread’s mission is to show these children there’s a whole world out there they aren’t aware of. By instilling confidence and inspiration Bread hopes that more kids start setting bigger goals and realising their potential.

As Nehe puts it, “It doesn’t matter where you come from, or what your background is, anything is achievable.” Nehe himself very humble in nature, has quite an established rugby career. In 2014 he was selected for the Maori All Black squad and went on to be named an All Black in 2015, going on to win the wold cup.

This trip was self financed and Bread's funding went towards grocery vouchers for a number of children coming from financially struggling backgrounds. The school visits were structured the same way as our mentoring programmes. The focus was on small groups so students can ask us questions and get personal advice from Nehe himself. Nehe spoke to students from both Ruatoria and Gisborne

“The most striking part of the trip was a 5 year old kid who was so happy that his brother was now a patched member of a local gang, it’s eye opening to see a kid so young so accustomed to this type of environment”.

Bread aims to have more constant mentoring programmes running in the East Coast very soon.

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