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Supporting the region’s children


A beautiful historic context is woven into the Canterbury landscape, but perhaps one of the most poignant of them all is the story behind a little Canterbury haven known as Cholmondeley Children’s Centre, in a dip off the main highway through Governors Bay.

 

 

Hugh Heber Cholmondeley and his beloved wife Margaret, known affectionately as Mary, had been unable to have children of their own and when Mary died unexpectedly, Hugh decided to purchase land in Governors Bay that had been owned by nuns and built a children’s home to meet the needs of the city’s young people – at 6 Cholmondeley Lane.

Known simply as Cholmondeley – pronounced Chum-Lee – 94 years later it still continues to meet those needs with short-term and emergency respite care and education for children from 3 to 12 years, and support for their families. “He gave everything he had to the children of Canterbury,” Cholmondeley Chief Executive Arron Perriam explains.

“While the challenges facing Canterbury children in the early 1920s were largely health-focused, with infantile plague, influenza and tuberculosis, today’s children are affected by many issues including the breakdown of the family unit. We work to enhance the wellbeing of children and their families, continuing to honour Hugh’s vision by supporting the children of Canterbury.”

Just metres away is the original homestead, which has supported more than 25,000 Canterbury children since its opening in 1925, before being demolished after irreparable damage was sustained in the February 2011 earthquake. Its $6.5 million replacement was officially opened by Prime Minister John Key in 2015 and the need for its services has continued to grow.

The largely community-funded Governors Bay organisation has experienced an unprecedented demand for its care and education services, with a 150 percent increase in the number of children in its care post-quake. Today more than 500 children stay at Cholmondeley each year.

Cholmondeley provides wrap-around services, designed to empower our young people by extending themselves educationally, physically and emotionally, with registered teachers, social workers and child youth care practitioners. “What we provide is residential care, but what we actually do is about so much more than that,” Arron says. “We’re providing a loving, caring, secure environment for Canterbury children which at its heart, is about healing our community.”

Last month Cholmondeley held a street appeal as part of its inaugural Little Gems Awareness Month. “There’s an assumption that we’re doing well but the reality is we’re running at a deficit and have been for many years,” Arron says. “These services we believe are essential for our Canterbury community, the demand is not going away and the need to provide these services is now stronger than ever.”

The increased need for Cholmondeley’s care services is the result of ongoing stressors facing families, including bereavement, financial difficulties, mental or physical illness and family violence, with the effects of the earthquakes and the Christchurch massacre having a devastating toll.

“That same spirit of generosity that saw the formation of Cholmondeley in the early 1920s is still alive today and the fact that our wonderful Canterbury community continues to provide support for other families enables Cholmondeley to do what we do.

“That’s something Canterbury can be really proud of.”


 

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Be a gem! – Cholmondeley


Everyone is invited to attend The Little Gems Project for Cholmondeley – where the theme for the night will be ‘Denim, Diamonds and Dancing’.

 

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Saturday evening May 4 at Sixty6 on Peterborough is the chance to dig out the denim, put on some sparkle and join MC Jason Gunn for an evening of live entertainment, delicious canapes, a live auction and plenty of dancing.

“The Little Gems Project is based on the concept that Cholmondeley believes there is a diamond within all of us,” Cholmondeley’s Fundraising and Marketing Manager Tanya Cooke says.
“We want to bring out the inner sparkle in every precious Canterbury child – our Little Gems.”

Cholmondeley Children’s Centre provides short-term emergency and planned respite care and education to children aged 3-12 years who have families that are experiencing stress or crisis. “Cholmondeley Children’s Centre is a charitable organisation that is 80 percent community funded, we rely on the generosity of individuals and businesses. The Little Gems Project for Cholmondeley will raise funds so we can continue our vital service and to support our Little Gems and their families.”

 


Get ready to sparkle for Cholmondeley Children’s Centre, at The Little Gems Project, on Saturday, May 4 at 7pm, at Sixty6 on Peterborough. Tickets are available at www.littlegems.org.nz.

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Mix & Mingle

Mix & mingle: five activities that are perfect for those who don’t want a night on the town

Let’s face it, bar hopping and dance parties are so last year. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t still some wonderful opportunities to mix and mingle, and kick up your heels in a much more creative sense of the expression.

Mix & Mingle

We’ve collated a collection of some of the city’s more subdued selections when it comes to getting out and about; somewhere you can comfortably take the grandkids out to or head out for some R&R.

Magnificent music

Get back into the heart of the city at St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, which offers a regular concert series on Wednesdays, beginning at 1:10pm with optional light lunch available at the Cathedral Café from 12:45pm.

St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral
373 Manchester Street
Every Wednesday, beginning at 1:10pm
Donation $10 & $5, proceeds to the CBS Building Fund

Denim, Diamonds and Dancing

Cholmondeley Children’s Centre is proud to announce its first annual fundraising evening of Denim, Diamonds and Dancing in support of The Little Gems Project. The evening will be presented by television host, Jason Gunn and includes live music, top-class entertainment, delicious canapés, dancing and a live auction.

Sixty6 on Peterborough
Saturday 26 May from 7:30pm
Tickets from $138 available online at
www.littlegems.org.nz

Christchurch chorals

Atlas Voices was established in 2013 and continues to push the boundaries and expectations of choral music by presenting a variety of styles at an exceptional standard under the expert leadership of American conductor, Ravil Atlas. Momentum will showcase the group’s broad range, technical vocal capabilities and superb musicality.

Knox Church
Sunday 27 May, 2:30pm
Tickets $30, available from ww.atlasvoices.nz

Tea-totaller

Why not try something completely unique and experience a traditional Chinese tea making process, while learning the tea culture, history and health benefits of fine tea? Taste the traditional Chinese tea dessert and get a guided tour of Wood Firing Ceramics Exhibition.

Fo Guang Yuan Art Gallery,
2 Harakeke St, Riccarton
Two sessions per day on Sundays
Price $18 per person, bookings
eventfinda.co.nz or 03-341 6276

Four-legged & furry friends

A family exhibition of the best products, services, and entertainment for all those who love pets and animals returns to Christchurch and is growing on its successful inaugural show! The Pet & Animal Expo is a celebration of pets and animals and the positive role they play in society.

Pioneer Leisure Centre,
75 Lyttelton Street, Somerfield
Saturday and Sunday 28-29 April 10am-4pm
Tickets from $4 available from
eventfinda.co.nz or 0800 BUY TIX (289 849)