Families pleased for the support in Canterbury

Through the generous giving from the teams at Cavell Leitch Lawyers, Pinnacle and Co, Grant Thornton, Hays Recruitment, Deloitte, Dell Technology, Spark, Chubb Insurance, Georgina Hemmings at Socially Speaking, Aman and daughter Myana and Belinda Foster, along with our individual online donors we were able to support four community charities in Christchurch, with the 2021 Christmas appeal.

The project would not have gone ahead without a drop off, pick up and volunteering centre. We would also like to thank the Christchurch Community House for their help, support and use of their venue for the project. 

We delivered 251 boxes of presents and essentials to single parent families through Birthright Canterbury, the womens refuge AVIVA, Grandparents raising Grandchildren and Bellyful (supporting families with newborns).

Thank you to everyone involved who volunteered and donated to make this possible. 

"The generous Shoe Box donations from various local companies and individuals meant that one parent families were less stressed thinking about Christmas. But more than the children getting presents on Christmas, the Shoe Box Project has ripple effects such as:

• Having some help with Christmas presents meant there was more food on the table for Christmas Day.
• For others, it was the chance to join in with a whānau barbeque and connect with relatives. When money is tight, one parent families do not attend because they are unable to bring some kai to share or simply no money for fuel/bus transport.
• Our families feel that they are not missing out compared to the two parent families.

We deeply appreciate the hard work and dedication of the staff, sponsors and donors of the Shoe Box Project".

Kind Regards, Rhodora Sagles, Manager - Birthright Canterbury Trust


"We love participating in this each year".

Greer Grenfell, Cavell Leitch Experience Coordinator, Christchurch