Bayleys Plate up for a Purpose 2022 is helping kids get the best start to the school year


Bayleys Plate up for a Purpose 2022 is helping kids get the best start to the school year
As kids prepare for a new year of classes in 2022, a bold initiative is helping families who are struggling to ensure their children have the supplies needed for school.

Bayleys Canterbury is once again hosting Plate up for a Purpose – an event to raise much-needed funds for the Christchurch City Mission’s Back to School programme.

The event will see Christchurch’s top CEOs and chefs deliver a meal to special guests at Christchurch Town Hall on 26 March.

As part of the challenge, the CEOs have each established Givealittle pages to raise further funds for the Back to School programme.

Since 2019, business leaders across Canterbury have helped raise $345,00, and this year, Bayleys Canterbury aims to raise $200,000 for the programme to help children get the start they need to do well at school.

“I’m very happy and was quick to raise my hand to be involved in this event – it’s for a great cause. These kids need a hand up and to be able to provide that hand up is a real privilege,” says Bayleys chief executive Pete Whalan.

The Back to School programme seeks to ensure every child has the basics for school, whether that be stationery, uniforms, school bags or funding for excursions and camps.

“We all know starting school is a fundamental moment in a child’s development and life,” says Christchurch City Mission CEO Matthew Mark.

“Through our Back to School programme we have the opportunity to help families in real need give their children the best start to the school year.”

To find out more and to contribute to the Plate up for a Purpose 2022 initiative, head to or


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