Small change is helping big work to be done by nine local
180 Degrees Trust, Birthright Canterbury Trust, Christchurch
Cathedral Choir, City Parks Community Patrol, DrugARM Trust,
Halswell Hall Inc, Listen! Our Voices Count, Oak Development Trust
and Papanui-Merivale Plunket all recently received grants from the
Christchurch Airport Community Fund.
The fund starts with airport visitors dropping coins and notes
into collections boxes around the airport terminal.
"We collect the money, convert the foreign currencies - usually
around a dozen at any time - then add a sizable donation of our
own. We recently increased our donation to the fund, to be able to
offer more groups more money more often," says the airport's Chief
Aeronautical and Commercial Officer Justin Watson.
Mr Watson said the latest nine recipients include a radio
programme for disabled citizens, a group running a community hall,
and volunteers who act as eyes and ears for local police.
Jeremy Nurse of 180 Degrees Trust says his group's grant will
help Christchurch's at-risk youth.
"Young people come to us through the Youth Justice System and we
offer weekly activities which give them confidence, social skills,
and show them a side of life we have found to be pivotal in
initiating a turnaround in their lives. The grant will pay for many
of those activities."
Korean migrants to the city will benefit from a grant to Oak
Development Trust's Korean Welfare Support Team.
Manager Carol Renouf says the trust has two volunteer social
workers, themselves Korean migrants, who help fellow migrants
negotiate the health and welfare system. She is pleased the grant
will mean those volunteers can have some of their costs covered
Trustee Michele Hider says Birthright Canterbury supports
Canterbury children in single parent families.
"Most of the families we work with face financial difficulties
and need parenting support. Many are coping with mental and
physical health issues and we focus on strengthening families to
help them grow nurtured, inspired and resilient children. This
generous donation will be used for our home visit service."
Lis Rate-Smith says the donation to Drug-ARM Christchurch will
buy easels and art supplies for the organisation's Therapeutic Art
"Our clients with drug and/or alcohol issues sincerely want to
make or maintain changes in their lives," she says. "We find the
time they spend together working on art projects, leads to
abstinence, harm reduction strategies, relapse prevention,
lifestyle balance and core beliefs and values."
The next allocation from the Community Fund will be 12 donations
of $1,000 to each of the "12 Schools of Christmas" which will
perform in the terminal on December 12, 13, 14 and 15.