Christmas has come a little early for six locally-based
Christchurch International Airport CEO Jim Boult has met
representatives of the six charities - Avonhead Rotary, Rotary Club
of Christchurch, Coastguard Southern Region, SPCA Canterbury, St
John and Salvation Army - to hand each a cheque for $5000.
The money is a combination of a donation from the airport
company and coins gathered in collection boxes around the
"Visitors to Christchurch Airport often toss their small change
into the collection boxes, especially if they are leaving the
country and don't need Kiwi currency any more," says Mr Boult.
"We end up with coins and notes from a wide variety of
countries, as well as New Zealand currency. We convert and count it
all, add $10,000 of our own, then consider applications from
various charities to share the accumulated funds.
"This year we chose a combination of groups which played a part
in the city's earthquake rescue and others which have a big job to
do over the summer months. It has been a privilege to do this to
"This year people seem to have been a little more generous,
probably because of the earthquakes. We also know many people have
appreciated the airport keeping operating and so helping them get
in or out of the city to support each other."