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Archive for April 2018

We've had a very busy first quarter so we wanted to share with you some of the exciting projects we are working on at the moment, and also let you know of a few upcoming events to add to your calendar!

Significant Projects


Southern Cochlear Implant Programme (SCIP) looks after patients from all regions south of Taupo and allows children and adults to reconnect to the world of sound through the implantation of cochlear implants and ongoing rehabilitation.

Barrer & Co conducted a feasibility study for SCIP in June 2017 in order to uncover areas of opportunity with regards to fundraising. Following the feasibility study, we developed a fundraising strategy in December 2017 to guide SCIP through their fundraising journey. In addition, in February 2018 we assisted them with the recruitment of a Fundraising Manager who will be in charge of implementing the strategy.

The successful candidate will be starting work for SCIP in late April and at Barrer & Co has been tasked with providing them with mentoring support and guidance. We feel privileged to be working with the Board and management of this life-changing programme.

If you'd like to learn more about the Southern Cochlear Implant Programme and the services they offer, click the link below.

SCIP website

Kidney Health NZ

The main role of Kidney Health NZ is to fund research into the prevention, early detection and cure of kidney disease, provide education and support, provide resource information, promote the donation of kidneys and other organs for transplantation, and assist patient Support Groups.

In September 2017 Barrer & Co developed a fundraising strategy providing recommendations for Kidney Health NZ to diversify and grow their funding streams and achieve financial sustainability.

In January 2018 we worked with Kidney Health NZ once again, assisting them with the recruitment of a Fundraising Coordinator who will implement the fundraising strategy. It’s exciting to see this exceptional and hard working team grow and flourish.

If you'd like to know more about Kidney Health NZ and the services they offer please click the link below.

Kidney Health NZ website


The Tomorrow Skies Charitable Trust is embarking on the exciting project of restoring and housing the treasured 125-year-old Brashear Telescope, which is one of a half dozen giant refractors known to exist in the entire Southern Hemisphere, and one of just two dating from the nineteenth century.

Once refurbished and settled in its new home at Earth & Sky, on the shores of Lake Tekapo, it will become an appealing attraction for tourists from New Zealand and internationally.

Barrer & Co developed a fundraising strategy in May 2017 identifying the most appropriate funding streams for the Tomorrow Skies Charitable Trust to focus on to realise its goal. We are now assisting them with the development of a strong case for support document that will communicate the Brashear story to gain support for the project.

If you’d like to find out about tours and events Earth & Sky currently has on offer, click the link below.

Earth & Sky website

Habitat for Humanity aims to provide decent housing to people in New Zealand and around the world. Habitat for Humanity Christchurch works locally, constructing and renovating housing in the Christchurch region, to support its own social housing goals. In conjunction with Habitat New Zealand, the Christchurch affiliate also supports national disaster response initiatives.

Habitat for Humanity Christchurch operates two ReStores selling quality second-hand goods to support their ongoing work.

Barrer & Co conducted a feasibility study for Habitat for Humanity Christchurch in January 2018; what a pleasure it was to work with one of the world's most loved and trusted charity brands.

If you'd like to know more about Habitat for Humanity NZ and the work they do please click the link below.

Habitat for Humanity NZ website


Families stay with Ronald McDonald House South Island (RMHSI) completely free of charge while their children are hospitalised so they can concentrate on what matters most – helping them to heal. Their core values are focusing on the critical needs of children, keeping families close, celebrating diversity and operating with accountability and transparency.

Barrer & Co developed a fundraising strategy with key RMHSI staff in March 2018, and we loved working with such a passionate and committed team.

If you'd like to learn more about Ronald McDonald House South Island and the services they offer, click the link below.

RMHSI website

Effective Fundraising - Tools and Techniques

Workshop delivered by Barrer & Co and supported by the Rātā Foundation

Barrer & Co is working with the Rātā Foundation to provide a free workshop to help not-for-profits successfully plan and implement fundraising with minimal resource. This workshop will equip them for success in a crowded and competitive funding market.

Applicants will be directed to provide applications to Barrer & Co.

The workshop will be held in July 2018; the exact date is to be confirmed. We will keep you informed!

In the meantime, you are welcome to visit our websites if you want to know more about us:

Barrer & Co website
Rātā Foundation website

Upcoming Events

An Evening with Annabel Langbein

Supporting Life Education Trust Canterbury

Life Education Trust
When: Monday 7th May, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Where: St Margaret’s College, Charles Luney Auditorium, 12 Winchester Street, Merivale
Tickets: Individual $35, or purchase two for $60 to treat your mum for Mother's Day (available instore only at Paper Plus Hornby)

Life Education Trust is a charity that provides children with the knowledge to make informed choices about their health, respect others and learn to appreciate their uniqueness. They achieve this through an interactive educational programme linked to the National School Health Curriculum, and presented in hi-tech mobile classrooms that provide a unique learning environment with audio-visual materials, interactive models and Harold, the Giraffe.

You can help raise funds for Life Education Trust Canterbury by attending "An Evening with Annabel Langbein"! During this exclusive event, Paper Plus will celebrate the launch of the second volume of Essential cookbook, Annabel will share stories from her free-range life, and provide top tips and tricks to help you become a more confident and creative cook. Join Annabel and hosts Dave Dunlay and Hilary Muir, The Breeze Breakfast Crew, for an intimate and memorable evening, including the chance to meet her personally and have a book signed just for you.

Proceeds from ticket sales will go directly to Life Education Trust Canterbury which will help Life Education to continue to deliver their health educational lessons to 20,000 primary and intermediate school children in the Canterbury region.

Tickets include a complimentary wine or juice on arrival, plus the opportunity to try some delectable delights and a goodie bag. 

Social Media | Strategy, Secrets & Snacks

When: Monday 30th April, 4pm – 7pm
Where: Narrative Offices, Unit 4, 250 St Asaph Street, Christchurch Central
The cost of this workshop is $320 (ex. GST + BF) per organisation
(up to two attendees per organisation)
Other details: All materials provided (along with some delicious nibbles)

Narrative is an all-inclusive strategic agency that works with socially conscious entrepreneurs and organisations to build communities that connect with purpose. They specialise in bringing people together to tell stories with meaningful impact, to raise money and build awareness. They have a range of skills including digital, events, communications, graphic design, website building, technical resourcing and photography. 

After a great response Narrative has decided to offer their Social Media Workshops on an ongoing (monthly) basis. This is a great option for organisations who want some support with social media but who aren't in the position to engage in a wider or more ongoing piece of work. It's a very friendly and informal session with only four organisations participating, which means there is time to work through questions and issues.

Supper Club Christchurch 2018

When: Friday 15th June, 5:30pm – Late
Where: Pre-dinner location to be revealed soon
Attire: Cocktail Dress
Tickets: Tables of 8 can be purchased for:
Corporate $1,700 or Private $1,450
Prices include GST and proceeds go directly to Ronald McDonald House South Island.
Book early to avoid missing out!
To book a table, please contact Robyn Medlicott on 027 225 5221 or

This iconic mystery dining experience is back for 2018!
Arrive with your guests at the pre-dinner function and enjoy a glass of champagne and canapes. This is where excitement builds with a live auction, before you find out where you will be dining for the night with a live mystery dining draw. From exclusive local restaurants to private chefs at unique dining destinations – this event is sure to impress your dinner guests.

Auction Items
This event’s live and silent auctions play an important role in the overall fundraising success of the event and RMHSI would welcome your support through the donation of prizes.

Online Silent Auction
RMHSI will have an exciting online auction available for guests and supporters. There will be many exclusive and exciting prizes up for grabs, and you can bid straight from your mobile phone!
The silent auction website will be active prior to the event.

Format of the evening
5:30pm - 6:15pm guests arrive and receive champagne and canapes
6:15pm - 7pm formalities, speeches and family story
7pm - 7:15pm mystery dining draw
7:15pm - 7:30pm guests travel to unique dining destinations
7:45pm - 10pm guests enjoy Supper Club
10pm - late guests enjoy after party (venue to be revealed soon)

For sponsorship, auction prizes, table sales or any other enquires please contact Robyn Medlicott on 027 225 5221 or

The Little Gems Project for Cholmondeley

A fundraising evening of Denim, Diamonds & Dancing


When: Saturday 26th May, 7:30pm - Midnight
Where: Sixty6 on Peterborough
Tickets: From $138 per person

Click here to purchase tickets

The Cholmondeley Children’s Centre provides short-term emergency and planned respite care and education to children whose families are experiencing genuine stress or crisis. The Centre’s aim is to give these children the opportunity to build their resilience, while issues at home are resolved.

Join their first annual fundraising evening in support of the Centre - The Little Gems Project for Cholmondeley. Dig out your denim, put on some sparkle and enjoy a night of live entertainment, delicious canapés, plenty of dancing, and a live auction.

Cholmondeley believes that there is 
a diamond within all of us. So, please help them to bring out the inner sparkle in every precious Canterbury child — our Little Gems. 

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