The past three months in review:
Oh my goodness. It's been a whirlwind of a third quarter: with some very exciting news on the horizon. However, for now, I've just pulled together some of the highlights that have occupied my attention (in lieu of the regular monthly wind up).
The headlines of the past three months have definitely been -
- Pulling off Busk-a-Thon: 24 hours, 24 venues (actually 27, but still!) and raising nearly $30,000 for Home & Family. We had 200+ performers, 100-odd volunteers, and delivered 56 hours of busking for Christchurch. A mammoth effort from a voluntary committee - and great to see it take place after nearly a year of planning!
- Also in support of Home & Family, Dancing With the Stars! Dave (who is 6' 10"!!) and I spent four weeks training for the Dirty Dancing dance - which we pretty much nailed, even if we do say so ourselves. It was great fun, and a great challenge; despite my earlier trepidation!
- Being present for the turning on of Martin Creed's 'Everything is going to be alright' was incredibly special.
- We've opened applications for the Committee for Canterbury's Future Canterbury Leadership Program - check it out if you're interested!
- Committee for Canterbury also hosted Guy Ryan of Inspiring Stories Trust (the 2015 Young New Zealander of the Year), for a lunch to discuss his thoughts on leadership, the potential of the future generation and social enterprise with our members and supporters.
- C-Lab celebrated its first birthday in its current space.
- I attended the New Zealand Council for Infrastructure Development's annual conference, 'Building Nations'.
- We launched #chchbikeshare to the world; and have subsequently had over 1,100 rides on the Spark Bikes!
- Attending the Hillary Institute's Annual Dinner was a great chance to reconnect and reflect; while also meeting some game changers in the climate change leadership space.
- I went to Wagga Wagga on behalf of the Committee for Canterbury for our regular Committees For Network meeting!
- We hosted the Hon. Jo Goodhew in C-Lab to chat about social enterprise and innovation in Christchurch.
- I played a small part in helping organise the inaugural St. Margaret's College 'Connections' Dinner: where we hosted the wonderful Fiona Michel as guest speaker. Her talk will be online soon - and I'd highly recommend watching it! She was incredible.
- My wonderful friend Julia Whitehead is following her dream of opening a cat cafe in Auckland. She's opening on the 1st December - and currently crowdfunding to help with the soft fit out. We'd love any assistance that you can provide!
With less than eight weeks until the end of the year, there's a fair amount still to achieve; but I'm looking forward to winding up some projects for 2015 and planning for next year.
Watch this space!