After the first quake in September 2010, Westpac set up the Canterbury Care Fund to support a range of non-profit organisations and charities adversely impacted by the Canterbury earthquakes.
To mark the 5th anniversary of the 22 Feb earthquake, Westpac gave 5 non-profit community groups or organisations $10,000 each, to assist them with their ongoing rebuild projects.
New Brighton Surf Life Saving Club
Since the quakes caused structural damage to their clubhouse, NBSLSC saw a downturn in membership numbers.
For the first time since the earthquakes, they are now starting to see growth in new members. In order to maintain this momentum and enthusiasm, the Club would love to get some new uniforms and rescue boards, which the CCF grant will go towards.
Taylors MistakeSurf Life Saving Club
Taylors Mistake is a beautiful but sometimes dangerous beach, with an average of 4 rescues a day in the summer months.
Thanks to the CCF, the 100 year old Surf Life Saving Club are well on their way to buying 2 surf skis to keep the beach goers safe.
Halswell Rugby League Football Club
Prior to the earthquakes, the Halswell Rugby League Football Club clubrooms were frequently used by various community groups and also for private functions.
However, due to damage incurred during the earthquakes, the club is no longer able to offer its facilities for community functions.
As the building undergoes repairs, the club hopes to use the CCF to make it even better than it was before. Top of the list is to adding disabled access and bathrooms, as well as improved heating and ventilation for the juniors’ area.
Southern Ballet Theatre Trust
The Trust has been struggling to continue teaching their pupils since the quake, as they need a new building to replace the one damaged in the earthquake.
They have been fundraising in order to make this happen, and the CCF will help bring their goal a little closer to reality.
S.U.R.F. Community Trust
As New Brighton suffered considerable damage during the earthquakes, SURF was set up in 2014 to fund various community initiatives, voted on by the community, such as the already implemented disabled beach access.
With the CCF, ideas for how the CCF will be spent will be voted on by the community and implemented throughout the year.