Bay Harbour: October 02, 2019


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• By Claire Booker

A $15,000 donation to the

Christchurch City Mission

will change the lives of 12


Last week, Smiths City’s

Colombo St store manager,

Kevin Owers presented the

cheque to mission chief

executive Matthew Mark.

Mr Mark said the mission has

to raise $5.5 million each year to

cover the cost of the services it

offers to people in need.

“This $15,000 cheque will

support 12 people through an

alcohol and drug detox. It is an

incredibly generous donation,”

he said.

Each year, the mission

supports about 42 thousand


Kevin Owers

(left) presents

Matthew Mark

with a cheque

to support

people in need. ​

Smiths City donates

$15k to city mission

Christchurch residents in need.

It celebrated its 90th

anniversary in July.

“Almost 10 per cent of

Christchurch’s population has

been supported by the city

mission,” Mr Mark said.

Store manager Kevin Owers

said he was “very proud” to

make the presentation.

“I couldn’t think of anyone

better to give it to. It gives you

tingles,” he said.

Smiths City chief executive

Roy Campbell said the company

has been a supporter of the

mission for many years.

“It doesn’t matter where we

are in New Zealand, we want to

be those locals who help locals.

It makes us immensely proud,”

he said.

Mt Pleasant School pupil

inspired by Antarctic experience

MT PLEASANT School pupil

Holly Sawyer has had a taste

of Antarctica, in what was the

first Young Inspiring Explorers’


Holly, 11, was one of 20 school

children selected from hundreds

of applicants from around the

country to take part in the

Christchurch event on September

21 and 22.

Students spent the weekend

with the Antarctic Heritage

Trust and Kiwi explorer William

Pike, who lost his leg in the 2007

Mt Ruapehu eruption.

Young explorers stepped outside

their comfort zone, camping

out overnight, meeting huskies

and penguins and learning about

the inspiring stories of the great

Antarctic explorers, including

Ernest Shackleton and Sir Edmund


“It was a once in a lifetime

experience. There are no words

to describe it,” Holly said.

Interacting with huskies and

getting to harness one of the rescue

dogs up for a 5km walk was a

real highlight for Holly – as was

learning how to pitch a tent.

“When we tried putting up our

tents it was tricky because none

of us had ever done it before. We

had no idea what to do but in the

end it looked like a tent and it

stayed up, so we must have done

something right.”

Holly is now using the information

she learnt on the summit

to do her bit in protecting the


“I would really like to make

my carbon footprint smaller so I

will be doing less driving, not

using as much electricity and

reducing food wastage.”

The trust, in partnership with

the William Pike Challenge,

hosted the summit.

Mr Pike said it was incredible

to give Kiwi kids an opportunity

to learn more about the history

of Antarctica, its wildlife, science

and importance to the world



Explorer William

Pike showed Holly

Sawyer a glimpse

of Antarctica at the

Young Inspiring

Explorers’ Summit.

He says all young people

deserve a future where they

succeed in life, no matter what

unexpected challenges and obstacles

come their way.

“To be prepared for what life

throws at us, we need a bank of

experiences under our belt, and

that’s what the summit is all

about,” Mr Pike said.

Having completed the summit,

the students will become

members of the Antarctic Heritage

Trust’s alumni programme,

which includes inspiring explorers

such as William Pike, Brando

Yelavich and many others.

The summit was supported by

Christchurch NZ, The Antarctic

Office and the International

Antarctic Centre.






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