As kids prepare for a new year of classes, a bold new initiative has been launched to help families who are struggling to ensure their children have the supplies needed for school.
Bayleys Canterbury is 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 180 special guests at Christchurch Town Hall on 29 February.
As part of the challenge, the CEOs have each established Givealittle pages to raise further funds for the Back to School programme.
With the help of the Crusaders, Bayleys Canterbury aims to raise $200,000 for the programme to help children get the start they need to do well at school.
Three days ahead of the event, the fundraisers have already raised nearly $130,000, with Bayley’s chief executive Pete Whalan topping the leaderboard, pulling together $19,000 from over a hundred donors.
“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 Whalan. “I guess we’ll find out on Saturday if I’m actually any good in the kitchen or not. My team is on mains and our theme is very Canterbury, but my lips are sealed on any more details before the big day.”
Jeremy Dixon, CEO of Isaac Construction is second on the leaderboard, having raised $16,429.16, and Christ’s College’s Garth Wynne is third with $12,246.16.
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.”