Sit back, kick off your jandals, grab a chilled soda and a punnet of strawberries and read what's been happening at the Champion Centre.
From us at the Champion Centre
Jan Murphy, our Centre’s Clinical Practice Manager, has been recognised as one of three recipients of the Westfield Local Hero awards, with a $10 000 grant being given to the Champion Centre. Westfield Local Heroes are nominated and voted for by their communities, with the outcome of the public vote determining the three successful 2019 nominees for every Westfield centre. As humble as Jan is, this has been a huge leap out of her comfort zone, to be propelled into the limelight, but Jan was aware of the impact a $10 000 donation from Westfield will have on our families and their children.
With many thanks to the Champion Centre community, who placed their votes and helped make a huge difference to the families of the Centre, this will allow us to keep supporting these children to develop through our internationally recognised model of practice. With over 40 years of dedication and experience, Jan’s attributes and experience has shone through and is admired and highly respected by all her colleagues. As part of the first group of therapists, Jan has a wealth of knowledge and experience which she shares willingly. Jan also shows a great deal of care and compassion for her colleagues.
He Says, She Says on 10 August, 2019 at The Piano was an evening of exceptional entertainment!
This year we raised much needed funds for The Champion Centre and the incredible work they do with ticket and raffle proceeds being donated to the Centre.
50 local artists donated their time and talent and performed songs originally written for the opposite gender, accompanied by a band of top musicians.
It’s been a whole lot of fun and a lot of hard work, but after a three month voting campaign, the results are in!
The amazing team at Archibalds Motors embarked on an incredibly generous journey, to celebrate their 100th birthday, by giving back to the community. Where many organisations would traditionally host a big staff or client party, with all the bells and whistles, the team at Archibalds decided they would like to do something different, by celebrating local charities and investing in them, as their centenary gift.
And boy what an amazing ride it’s been! As one of the 10 worthy, charities shortlisted, the Champion Centre has been fortunate to have a chance to be in the running for a portion of this $150,000 gift.
It was a night to remember for the 250+ guests who joined us to celebrate the Champion Centre’s 40th anniversary. Hosted at the Christchurch Art Gallery, Te Puna o Waiwhetū, on Saturday 13 October 2018, the black-tie fundraising gala was an auspicious occasion to celebrate 40 years’ service, supporting infants and young children with disabilities. Hosted by media personality, Mike McRoberts, the evening included decadent food and beverages; a powerful vocal tribute by Naomi Ferguson; reflections from past and present Champion Centre families; speeches and a toast from our founder Dr Patricia Champion and Centre Director Dr Susan Foster- Cohen; an exhilarating live auction, rallied by auctioneer Lisa Yardley; and the launch of a new donor programme ‘Donate the Difference’ which was announced by Christchurch Mayor, Lianne Dalziel.