Colin Mansbridge, The Crusaders

$600 of $5,000 goal
Given by 7 generous donors in 5 weeks

Participating in Bayleys Plate up for a Purpose


Step up to the plate and hit us with your elevator pitch. Who are the Crusaders?

The Crusaders team is based in Christchurch, but our region encompasses six proud provincial unions, representing the top of the South Island – Tasman, Buller, West Coast, Canterbury, Mid Canterbury and South Canterbury. While we’ve enjoyed plenty of on-field success throughout Super Rugby’s 26 year history, what makes me most proud to be associated with this club is its people. The Crusaders organisation is made up of good people who care about one another, and we pride ourselves on connecting with the fans and communities we represent.

Why have you decided to do Bayleys Plate Up for a Purpose this year?

Every year we’ve been involved in Bayleys Plate Up for a Purpose we hear inspiring stories of children who’ve benefited from the back to school program the City Mission leads. At the same time, we also hear about the increasing numbers of families who need to access the Mission’s services. It’s always a shock, and it’s an inspiration to try and find a way to help. Bayleys Plate Up for a Purpose not only helps raise money for the cause, but it also highlights this important issue, and I get to have fun doing it with some great people.

Who’s your chef hero and why?

I know this sounds sycophantic, but Richard Hingston of Christchurch Casino has worked with our team for the past few years. I’ve watched more cooking shows than you can imagine, from Jamie Oliver to Master Chef. But none of them have inspired me to want to prepare food as much as Richard. Two years ago, we created an award-winning dessert I was able to plate up for my family the following Xmas. Even they said it was the best dessert they’d ever eaten. Richard is a genius if he can extract that sort of feedback from my family!

What’s your signature dish?

Well nowadays it has to be what Richard taught me to create. So, it’s buttermilk vanilla pannacotta, raspberry jelly and seasonal fruit or bacon and eggs. The dessert is one that takes days to create, moments to assemble, and is a family talking point for weeks (if I can keep the tradition going).

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Participating in

Bayleys Plate up for a Purpose

Taking business leaders out of their boardrooms and into their community to raise crucial funds for the Mission’s Back to School programme.

Latest donations

Adam on 06 Jan 2022
Joanna on 23 Dec 2021
Georgia on 22 Dec 2021
Looking forward to the dessert being whipped up for us again in Clyde this year Mainsy ;)
Greta on 22 Dec 2021
Great cause!
Simon on 22 Dec 2021

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