The cost of providing school uniforms can be overwhelming for many Canterbury families who are already surviving on very little. They have no spare money for school uniforms, stationery or even school bags—in fact, the reality is many of these parents can’t afford to put food in their child's lunch box, let alone cover basic uniform costs.

The Christchurch City Mission needs $200,000 to put shirts on backs, shoes on feet and books in bags for children whose parents can’t afford uniforms, stationery, and other basics throughout the school year.


Bayleys Canterbury, together with the Christchurch City Mission, wants every child in Canterbury to have all the tools they need for school. It’s as simple as that.

To do this we are bringing together Canterbury’s top CEOs to take part in Bayleys Plate up for a Purpose. These CEOs will go from the hot seat to the hot plate in a fundraising cooking event. By backing these CEOs, we can help them meet their individual crowdfunding targets, giving every child in Canterbury the chance to get the education they need to succeed.

We all benefit when tomorrow’s trailblazers have the tools they need to succeed today.

“Through cooking, crowdfunding and the power of social media, we invite everyone to help make a positive contribution towards this important initiative.”

- Pete Whalan, Bayleys Canterbury

Plate up
so they can show up

“We all know starting school is a foundational moment in a child’s development and life. Through our Back to School programme we have the opportunity to help families in real need give their children the best start to the school year. ”

- Matthew Mark, Christchurch City Mission

From the hot seat

to the hot plate

The Christchurch City Mission’s Back to School programme gives children of qualifying families the start in life they deserve to succeed in school on the same level as their classmates.

Without initiatives like Bayleys Plate up for a Purpose, more and more Canterbury children will become a statistic, missing school or turning up without the tools they need. But how are we going to change this statistic?

First, Bayleys Plate up for a Purpose will take business leaders out of their boardrooms and into their community to raise crucial funds for City Mission’s Back to School programme. Our CEOs will use their creativity, connections, and competitive spirit to crowdfund.

Next, they’ll join forces with top Canterbury chefs in a memorable evening of fun, food, and fundraising at the Christchurch Town Hall on Saturday Feb 2021. Our CEOs will put their reputations on the line when they put their entrées on the table.

Dishing out a serving of community kindness and working hard towards their fundraising targets, our CEOs need your help. This is crowdfunding and everyone is invited to the table.

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