Help create Invercargill's first Living Wall!
Building a stronger, more resilient, connected community in South Invercargill through a social enterprise and community centre.
South Alive is a dedicated group of community members who are committed to creating a vibrant community in South Invercargill. We have recently purchased and renovated the old Bin Inn building into a fantastic new store called The Pantry, with all profits from the store going back into the community.
Our next project is to transform the dull grey wall on the outside of The Pantry into something fabulous! Join us in creating the first living wall in Invercargill.
We’re trying to make this new enterprise as sustainable as possible, using recycled bags in the store and not using plastic shopping bags. This living wall is another way we’re looking to offset the impact of this store on our environment.
We need $7900 to create and produce the wall, install the watering systems and buy the plants. If 395 people gave $20 each, we could have this wall installed before Spring!
Make a donation over $10 and bring your receipt in for a free coffee at The Pantry, or make a donation over $50 and get a 10% discount for a month in The Pantry.
Remember that all donations of $5 and over are tax deductible, so you can claim a tax credit of 33% (for example if you donate $50 you will get $16.50 back).
South Invercargill Urban Rejuvenation Charitable Trust's involvement (page creator)
South Alive is leading this project as an organisation, led by the community for the community.
In early 2012 a Steering Group was formed with wide community representation. 26 people attended the first meeting on February 14, 2012 and began to discuss their hopes and dreams for South Invercargill and how to move forward to achieve those. The group developed a name, and a plan to hold a public meeting to identify and prioritise the projects the community wanted.
The main issues identified by residents were lack of community pride about how South Invercargill looked and felt, the way others talked about South Invercargill, lack of facilities, issues around housing stock, state of the South City shopping area.
Opportunities were also identified such as to build Invercargill's first dog park, plant fruit and nut trees in public spaces, art projects and general beautification.
All of these ideas led to the formation of the following working teams from the community:
- fruit and nut trees
- dog park
- stronger neighbourhoods
- South City
Each year we conduct one on one research with a minimum of 210 South Invercargill residents to determine their level of pride in how South Invercargill looks and feels.
Our latest research shows that we have made substantial progress in changing the community’s view of South Invercargill. The percentage who agree, or strongly agree, with the statement, “I feel a sense of pride in how South Invercargill looks and feels” has risen from 35% in 2012 to 82.5% in 2015.
Use of funds
Funds from this Give-a-Little campaign will be used to design and produce a living wall on the East side of The Pantry, install an irrigation system to maintain it, and to purchase the plants.
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A massive thank you must go to the Invercargill Environment Centre. We have just received a donation from them for the Living Wall of $500! What an extremely generous gesture...
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This page was created on 29 Mar 2017 and closed on 30 Sep 2017.