Replace and secure our community tools

$8,465 of $21,000 goal
Given by 58 generous donors in 4 weeks

Help three community organisations replace their tools and keep them safe.

Christchurch, Canterbury

Richmond Community Gardens, The Riverlution Collective and The Green Lab have all been hit hard by a spate of coordinated theft. In the week before Christmas, Christchurch had a month's worth of rain in two days. Under the cover of darkness and downpour, thieves used power tools to cut through steel bolts and into lock boxes, stealing thousands of dollars worth of tools which are used by our organisations and volunteers to construct community projects.

We are small organisations that do a lot of mahi with the little funding we have. We are seeking the community's help to fundraise for additional security measures and to go toward replacements tools (we will either use the funds raised for our insurance excesses or for tool replacement).

Please share widely. In line with our kaupapa, we would also accept safe, working pre-loved tools.

About us

The Green Lab works to contribute to the social wellbeing ecosystems in Ōtautahi Christchurch through the creation of meaningful greening events and spaces.

Use of funds

Money will be spent on replacing tools for three organisations (either directly spent on tools or insurance excess) and improving security measures (such as getting additional alarms, new locks engineered and additional lockboxes installed).

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Thank you for your support!  8 February 2022

Ngā mihi nui - thank you to all who have supported. When we put this together we were unsure of how the community was placed and didn't want to aim too high. With the amazing support we've had in the past 24 hours since our story went live, we've adjusted the goal to reflect the value of tools taken more accurately. You can read more about our story here:

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Gap Filler
Gap Filler on 24 Feb 2022
Jane on 19 Feb 2022
Liesbeth on 17 Feb 2022
Thanks for all you do for the community. Together we are strong and we can stamp out the bad seeds.
Ryan on 15 Feb 2022
Willetts on 12 Feb 2022
To help my community

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This page was created on 2 Feb 2022 and closed on 6 Mar 2022.