21 March 2016
Christchurch Adventure Park staff are filling their time while fire assessments and the insurance process takes place by giving back to the local community. Staff will be spending time doing a range of community activities from cooking meals and baking at Ronald McDonald House, running bicycle skills sessions in the schools as well as assisting the City Mission with life skill classes for their residents.
Christchurch Adventure Park Food & Beverage Manager Maree Wilson says giving back to the community was the natural thing to do. “There is very little work we can do at the moment within the Park while the assessments and insurance process is taking place. Most of the staff are really active people so they really just want to get out and do something. We needed to come up with a plan to keep our staff busy and motivated.”
“Giving back to our local community is just a fantastic way to say thank you for all their support. During the 8 weeks we were open the public really came out in their thousands and now that we are closed their support has been incredible. It has got us through some dark days so it just seemed like the natural thing to do.”
To ensure their skills don’t go to waste bike Instructors and patrollers are spending time in local schools running skills and bike safety sessions for the kids. The programme is designed for year 5 - 8 students and lessons are structured to enable every student to develop their bike riding skills - with groups focusing on different levels: from beginner 'learn to ride', through intermediate 'improving balance and control', and advanced 'technical skills', to expert 'jumps and drops'. CAP staff will be heading to South New Brighton, Hoon Hay, Halswell and Cashmere Primary Schools over the coming weeks to share their expertise and assist with progression in the sport.
South New Brighton Primary School Principal John Bockett believes it is a wonderful opportunity for the students. “This is a great opportunity for the students to learn from some fantastic trainers. For the children to build up their skill base and become better riders can only be a good thing. It will really enhance their cycle safety which is so important these days. We really appreciate the opportunity to work with the team from the Park.”
In addition to the bike education staff will also be supporting Ronald McDonald House and Christchurch City Mission. Ronald McDonald House provides a home away from home for families whose children are undergoing hospital care. The CAP team will be making dinners and baking for the residents so that families can simply focus on their child’s recovery and having one less thing to worry about. Each week, for the next eight weeks, CAP staff will spend time helping out with the chosen Community activities.
Ronald McDonald House Chief Executive Matthew Mark believes that giving back to the community says a lot about the people and culture that surrounds the Park. “We had been talking to the Adventure Park before the fires on ways in which we could work together. I thought all that had to be put on the back burner after the fire but then they called me and asked if we needed a hand. The fact that they want to assist the community when they are going through such a tough time speaks volumes. Some of the team came in last week to assist us with some manual labour and moving beds, this week they’re filling the house with the smell of baking and cooking meals. It’s a fantastic initiative.”
The Christchurch Adventure Park remains closed for the foreseeable future.