We provide direct support to a number of initiatives throughout Christchurch in order to make the city a more interesting and vibrant place for all of its citizens to live in.
Enable has become the inaugural foundation sponsor of the Christchurch chapter of FLINT, or Future Leaders in Technology, a national leadership programme run by TUANZ (Telecommunications Users Association of New Zealand) that provides networking development opportunities for the next generation of technology industry leaders. The Christchurch chapter launched on 21 February 2018.
Enable became a major sponsor of the Canterbury Employers' Chamber of Commerce in September 2017 – so the two organisations can work closely together in a range of ways to benefit local businesses. A part of the sponsorship includes the Enable Digital Series – a series to educate and inspire Canterbury businesses on the potential of digital technology.
Enable is also a sponsor (by providing fibre connectivity) to GreenHouse – a Christchurch collaborative hub focused on supporting and commercialising small business.
We’re proud to be able to provide an opportunity for our people to bring Enable to life within their own communities, by supporting them outside of work through our people inspired sponsorship scheme.
Based in the Christchurch CBD, RAD Bikes (Recycle A Dunger) is a not-for-profit community bike shed where anyone can build a repair a bicycle for themselves, or assist with restoring a bike to be given away. We arranged for new LED lighting to be installed inside the bike shed so that bike restoration work can continue over winter.
Otakaro Orchard is Christchurch’s first public food forest located near the Avon River. When completed, the food forest will provide tonnes of locally grown produce for use by the community. We supplied a range of gardening tools and wheelbarrows to make the job of clearing the site much easier for volunteers.
Big Brothers Big Sisters is a community-based organisation who match vulnerable young people with mentors in their local area. The mentor and young person meet up on a weekly or fortnightly basis to spend quality time together. We contributed towards the cost of a Mentor Appreciation Evening which included dinner at a local restaurant.
Based at Burwood Hospital, the Champion Centre provides relationship-based early intervention services to infants and young children with complex disabilities. In April this year, Enable donated two digital cameras and a mobile phone to support the Centre’s programmes.
L-R: Enable team member Shaun Sandford with daughter Dolly, Centre Director Dr Susan Foster and Early Intervention teacher Beccy Creswick.
Enable supported the annual Dick Farrant Fun Ride Day held by the Canterbury branch of Jet Boat New Zealand. Over 12 jet boats and countless volunteers took over 300 people from our community for over 500 adrenaline-filled rides on the Waimakariri river. Photos from the day can be found here.
We were proud to get behind the New Zealand Suzuki Institute's annual Winter Workshop that was attended by over 100 young people from around the South Island. Staff member Rose from our Finance team is the South Island branch treasurer.
Enable supported the Selwyn Community Choir in the lead up to Sing Out Selwyn. Staff member Emma (third from left) from our Finance team says that the event was a sell-out with over 300 people attending.