Small change has added up to make a big difference to six
Christchurch Airport today gave six charities $2000 each from
the Christchurch Airport Community Fund, collected from donation
boxes through the terminal building and a donation from the airport
Chief Executive Malcolm Johns presented the cheques to
representatives of AllRight?, Aviva, Arthritis New Zealand,
Canterbury West Coast Air Rescue Trust, St John South Island region
and The Rotary Club of Avonhead.
"We hail you as heroes, for all you do for the communities of
Christchurch, Canterbury and the South Island," Mr Johns told the
group. "Every one of you is doing a vital job of supporting
communities, whether they need you every day, some days, or only
when they're in dire need. We are pleased to offer some financial
support to you as you continue to play your part in the fabric of
the South Island."
Mr Johns told recipients arriving international passengers
sometimes deposit currency from their last stop, or people
departing internationally donate the last of their Kiwi dollars. He
said the record number of currencies gathered at once is 14.
Airport staff also observe donations from locals who
contribute change from their coffee or meal in the terminal.
The money is regularly collected, converted and then topped up
by a donation from the airport company. Charities can apply for
funds to support an identified project and cheques are presented
once or twice a year.