Everybody Eats | Everybody Helps

Closed Cause page created in the Community category by Preston Hegel for "Exchange Christchurch Trust"

$1,411 of $10,000 goal
Given by 28 generous donors in 5 weeks

We're hosting an event to break down stigmas of our street whānau by gathering over food, coffee, games, haircuts, and acceptance/support.


The Everybody Eats team in Auckland had served over 7,000 meals to Kiwis in need before closing a successful crowdfunding campaign on June 4th, raising $129,000 to combat both food waste and food poverty and create a home for the project.

There is clearly a need. And there are clearly people who care. When we asked the public what they felt about the situation locally (Christchurch), they said they think it's a big problem and most want to help, but don't know how. Money doesn't quite help an individual feel better. So what about food? What about being around people who care? Who socially accept you and support you?

The team here at XCHC were deeply moved by the Everybody Eats movement and as a safe space for individuals and communities to gather, we saw the need to host something of our own for our street whānau. We met with Street Wise on June 19th and decided to host an event on breaking down stigmas, inviting our street whānau to spend the day being looked after and fed by a supportive community.

Street Wise is a new initiative in Christchurch providing care, clothing, food, and social support with our street whānau to combat the current lack of support. This Givealittle page is to raise money for Street Wise to continue to deliver their services, cover the costs of our event, and contribute to the development of an Everybody Eats project in Christchurch.


• Before an event was even created, Founder of My Fathers Barber (Matt) offered to provide haircuts for the whole afternoon.

• The Rad Collective are a group of local street artists, illustrators and designers who are going to be transforming the venue into an urban representation of the streets of Christchurch.

• Kophie, member of The Rad Collective, voluntarily designed our wonderful poster

• Mark Chirnside (Chirny's Coffee) has donated coffee and offered to teach anyone who wants to learn some basic barista skills.

• You. We're welcoming all to bring some kai to share from 4pm onward if you cannot join us for a shared dinner at 6PM. Or give contribute to our Givealittle page


From 3pm-6pm will be our pop up Barber Shop, playing games, taking in the art, and enjoying cups of the famous Chirny Coffee

From 6pm-9pm we will sit together as a community, share a meal and hear from some amazing guest speakers who are going to talk about stigmas within our community and how we can break them down.

Then there will be an open jam invite to local Christchurch musicians, a great way to see the talent that is in this city! If you would like to come down and jam, please feel free to bring your instrument and join in.

Preston Hegel's involvement (page creator)

Street Wise is a new initiative in Christchurch to provide immediate support, food, conversations, and clothing to our street whānau. Because of their newly approved Charitable status, they don't have a bank account yet, so XCHC is facilitating the fundraising and first covering our costs, then distributing some to the sponsors and volunteers involved to express our gratitude, the rest will be given to Street Wise to continue their work.

Inspired by Everybody Eats project in Auckland, the team at XCHC reached out to Street Wise to offer their venue in support of their purpose. Exchange Christcurch (XCHC) started 4 years ago to provide a safe space for communities to gather, exchange ideas, and support each to grow personally and professionally; particularly the creative industries. This event felt like a good fit since we have a kitchen/cafe and the space is often used for community gatherings and potlucks.

Use of funds

Funding will be used 4 ways:

1. Cover the costs of our event

2. Rewarding and compensating our generous volunteers and sponsors

3. Funding Street Wise to continue/develop their services

4. Invest in a future ongoing Everybody Eats project in Christchurch

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This instagram post made me cry  6 August 2018

Posted by: Preston Hegel

Matt Brown. What a legend. He founded My Fathers Barber in 2012 and regularly volunteers his time cutting hair for Christchurch City Mission. He and Josh volunteered their time to come cut hair for our community, and had this beautiful experience with his 3-year-old son:

"I have found there are always moments in life where if you are looking with your heart seeking to truly see the divine hand in all things, you WILL see God using a specific moment as an opportunity to bring you healing. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Yesterday I was honoured with the opportunity to serve out at @_xchc with the amazing Street Wise team alongside my brother @jk_koia cutting up and feeding our city’s less fortunate and homeless- those unfortunately sleeping rough! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

While we were doing our thing, my 3 year old son @angeloubrown stopped painting at the children’s table, came over and all on his own, picked up a brush and started cleaning hair off the capes of the people we were cutting. He consistently and patiently did this for a long time. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

The wonder and innocence of children is a constant reminder to me how none of us were ever born with bad intentions, bad character or bad habits. Innately we are all born good, wanting to love and to be loved. If only I can remember to see this in each adult I encounter. For each of us were once this innocent. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

If only we, like my boy Angelou, would just willingly love and serve our fellow brother with whatever is in our hand, no hidden agenda or ulterior motives... just a heart of service. What a beautiful world we would have. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Thank you my son for your pure heart. You touched your Dad’s heart."

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Guest Donor on 19 Aug 2018
I'm so impressed with the energy and passion, you all deserve a huge hand and a bit of 'put your feet up' time.
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