‘To engage with vulnerable communities within the greater Christchurch region, and to build the financial and practical bridges that make it possible for the children of these communities to spend quality time in a natural healing environment.’
The Aorangi Sponsorship Programme exists to make camp available to all and ensure that none of our children are excluded.
It also gives young people respite from the challenges that they may face in their day-to-day urban environments.
Seeing the value that participating in camps brings to their students, many schools consider their annual camp a vital and much anticipated event in the school calendar. With the help of the Aorangi Sponsorship Programme, schools who would not otherwise have the means to get to camp, will be supported and given these same life-changing opportunities.
Please explore our website to learn more about the Aorangi Sponsorship Programme and the difference we are making.
ABOUT THE FOUNDATION
"The building blocks of self-esteem are belonging, learning, & contributing.
Camps offer unique opportunities for children to succeed in these vital areas & even beyond home & school.”
Michael Popkin, Ph.D. – Family therapist and founder of Active Parenting
The name for the Aorangi Sponsorship Programme was inspired by the Aorangi School project.
In December 2009, Aorangi Primary, which was a Decile 3 school situated in Bryndwr Christchurch, was closed by the Ministry of Education.
Before the school was permanently closed, Living Springs funded a final camp to bring the entire school community together for the last time. When the Aorangi students first saw the view out over Banks Peninsula during their bus journey to Living Springs, the students spontaneously burst into applause! For some of them, it was the first time they had ever seen the sea.
Aorangi Principal Stephanie Thompson made the comment following the three-day camp that “...this action, initiated by Living Springs and supported by a broad segment of Christchurch people, signalled to these children that Christchurch had not forgotten them.” Overall the camp provided these students and their families a great sense of healing and hope for the future.
Following the success of this camp, the idea of the Aorangi Sponsorship Programme was conceived.
The Aorangi Sponsorship Programme exists to support communities that are unable to afford the unique benefits of the camping experience.
HOW YOUR DONATION HELPS
“At the end of 2014 our Year 6, 7 and 8 children returned to Living Springs for a three-day adventure... The opportunity to experience outdoors activities in a safe and controlled manner is one that is rare for our Aranui children.”
Mike Allen, Principal, Aranui Primary
The Aorangi Sponsorship Programme aims to support eight low-decile schools per year from the Canterbury region enabling them to attend a camp at Living Springs. Such a camp is a special opportunity for these schools and their students, that without the assistance provided by the Foundation, would be otherwise unreachable.
Any donation given to the Aorangi Sponsorship Programme will make a real, practical difference in the education and life of the student/s who receive this support.
The Maori name for Mount Cook is Aorangi or Aoraki, which means ‘cloud piercer.’
Your donation will assist the Aorangi Sponsorship Programme in its goal of assisting young people - especially those dwelling under a metaphorical cloud - to ‘pierce the cloud’ by coming up the mountain and catching a glimpse of life from a different perspective. As researcher Troy Glover states “camps are a place where children are celebrated and find the freedom and confidence to be their true selves.”
Sponsoring a child through the Aorangi Sponsorship Programme will cover all their costs for attending a three-day camp at Living Springs including all accommodation, activities and catering.
Sponsoring a class through the Aorangi Sponsorship Programme will cover the cost of approximately 30 students to attend a three-day camp at Living Springs. This includes all accommodation and catering for students and helpers, as well as all of the activities the children will partake in.
Sponsoring a school through the Aorangi Sponsorship Programme will cover the cost of 3 classes of approximately 30 students attending a three-day camp at Living Springs. This cost includes all accommodation and catering for students and helpers, as well as all of the activities the children will partake in.
Two Decile One schools from Christchurch attend camp
In 2017 the Aorangi Sponsorship Programme has supported 4 low-decile schools to camp. Rowley Ave and St James from Christchurch and three schools from the West Coast, Blaketown, Cobden and Rununga Primary schools.
These camps were made possible due to the support of the Aorangi Sponsorship Programme.
Students enjoyed three, full-on days filled with a range of outdoor activities and the opportunity to try things that many had not tried before. It was great to see these students having a blast and enjoying spending time together in our special environment!
The St. James camp began on Wednesday Feb 22 and the programmes was stacked with exciting activities such as bouldering wall, swimming, farm park, tree climb, initiatives, outdoor living skills and other challenging activities. It is always great to build self-esteem and confidence and great to see the students leave with smiles on their faces.
The Aorangi Sponsorship Programme wishes to thank the sponsors of these schools for their kind and generous support.
The Aorangi Sponsorship Programme would like to thank the following sponsors