Engaging with the outdoors through camping is something we take for granted as Kiwis. For many schools in New Zealand, their annual camp is a vital and much anticipated event in the school calendar with teachers recognizing that camps strengthen their student’s leadership, resilience and citizenship skills.
However, not all of our young people get to have this positive and enriching experience as they simply do not have the financial means to get there. The Aorangi Foundation has been established to build the practical and financial bridges that make it possible for our most needy young people to attend a school camp with their peers. It works to ensure that all children, no matter what their background, are included.
Living Springs has a strong social conscience and is proud to be journeying with the Aorangi Foundation having always endeavoured to ensure that this amazing facility is accessible and beneficial to all.
As an organisation we have a number of clearly identified non-commercial outcomes that we seek including creating an environment that nurtures talent, is healing and refreshing, and that celebrates community. In 2009 we opened our doors to Aorangi Primary a very close school community who operated in a low decile area of Christchurch and were devastated by the news of their impending closure The people of Christchurch responded with generosity and the funds were raised to bring the entire school community together for the last time, with students, parents and teachers experiencing three days of wonder and healing in the Living Springs setting.
Similarly St Paul’s Catholic Primary School from Dallington was destroyed by the October 2010 Earthquake and the school community faced a major struggle as well as a very uncertain future. Living Springs again came to the assistance of a school in trouble and organised the fundraising for two camps in 2010 and 2011.
Following the success of these camps and the realisation at Living Springs that 50% of the children attending camp at their facility were from decile 9 and 10 schools, the idea of the Aorangi Foundation was conceived. The word Aorangi means ‘piercing the cloud’ and the team at Living Springs recognised that the children from the low-decile schools are the very ones who will benefit the most from a school camp experience and consequently works with the foundation in its fundraising efforts.
For 2017 the Foundation has a goal of financially supporting the children of six decile one and decile two schools to enable them to have the life changing experience of a school camp. The Foundation is seeking support from individuals, businesses, schools and community trusts to help make this happen.
You can read more about the Aorangi Foundation at their website: http://aorangifoundation.nz