Staff at the Christchurch Adventure Park (CAP) have been giving back to the community throughout August as part of the ‘CAP Call of Duty’. Staff have volunteered their time for a variety of community and charity projects, from fixing bikes at Allenvale School to packing food bags at the Christchurch City Mission and restocking the freezers for Ronald McDonald House South Island.
“We view ourselves as a community facility, and an important aspect of that is having a workforce who are engaged with the community outside of the Park,” said General Manager Anne Newman. “We have a set of charities, local schools and youth groups who we regularly work with and support, so the CAP Call of Duty is an extension of that. We wanted to take a winter month, when things tend to be less busy for our staff in the Park, to encourage staff to get out of the Park and into the community volunteering their time and skills to help others. For example, we obviously have some staff here who are pretty handy with bike maintenance, so when Allenvale School contacted us to ask if we would help with servicing their fleet of bikes we had a couple of our crew who jumped on board immediately.“
Emily Rogerson from Allenvale School said the bikes are much-loved and well-used items at the school, so getting some expert help in servicing them was hugely valuable.
“The amount that Matt and Mal from CAP got through was phenomenal, way more than we could have hoped for. We are so grateful for the help, but also the knowledge and advice they were able to pass on that will be invaluable in keeping our fleet of bikes up and running,” Emily said.
Another group of staff, led by CAP’s Food and Beverage Manager, put their cooking skills to use at Ronald McDonald House South Island, which CEO Mandy Kennedy said was a wonderful way to support the families staying at the House: "There's nothing more comforting than a home-cooked meal, so having the team at Christchurch Adventure Park fill our freezers with meals for families to grab whenever they need is an amazing gesture. A huge thanks from us and all of the families who will enjoy these meals over the coming months."
At the Christchurch City Mission, staff filled food bags to stock the Mission’s Foodbank. “We see around 45 clients or families per day requiring food assistance, so this Foodbank is a vital resource for many local people. We sincerely appreciate the time given by those CAP staff to stock emergency food bags, and also the ongoing support from CAP in so many other ways,” said Christchurch City Missioner Matthew Mark. “CAP were also kind enough to bring a group of ladies from our Women’s Shelter up to the Park, provide morning tea for them and take them up the chairlift. By making this effort to help in the community, CAP have also made some of the most vulnerable members of society to feel more connected with their community, which is such a powerful thing to do.”