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Friday 31 August, 2018
The Mid Canterbury TimeBank and Learning Exchange initiatives - led by the Connecting Mid Canterbury Charitable Trust, are turning one, and to help celebrate, the Trust is holding a series of events during the 'Love Your TimeBank' week from 23 – 30 September.
'Love Your TimeBank' week will feature a scavenger hunt, information sessions, a carwash fundraiser and end with birthday celebrations at the Sinclair Centre in Ashburton. These events will help to commemorate a year where newcomers, migrants and locals of all ages and backgrounds have connected with each other, shared their skills and experienced a greater sense of belonging to the community.
"We are very proud of what the TimeBank and Learning Exchange have achieved and contributed to our community in these last 12 months," Coordinator Kate White says. "'Love Your TimeBank' week aims to spread the word about timebanking, something that anyone can be part of. Everyone has something to offer, whether it's a listening ear, the ability to drive others to appointments, gardening expertise, baking skills - the list is endless!"
The week will kick off with a Scavenger Hunt Competition, where people are encouraged to find clues or take a selfie in front of signs that will spring up around the district. Those who complete the Scavenger Hunt or upload a selfie to the Mid Canterbury TimeBank Facebook page will go into the draw for great prizes.
TimeBank members will be at a display in the Ashburton Public Library each afternoon to share their experiences and answer questions. Information sessions will also run from midday on Wednesday 26 September at Community House for people and groups wanting to learn more about the TimeBank. This will be followed by a Starter Session on Thursday 27 September for those wanting to join.
"We're encouraging people to show their support for the TimeBank by coming along to our $5.00 carwash fundraiser on Saturday 29 September. Just roll up to the car park on the corner of Havelock and Park Streets in Ashburton from 10am – 1pm that day," Ms White adds.
'Love Your TimeBank' week will finish on a high at the Sinclair Centre in Ashburton on Sunday 30 September. From 2.00pm – 4.00pm there will be games, activities, demonstrations and stalls as well as a free afternoon tea. "It will be a great opportunity to make connections with people in the community and raise awareness about what TimeBank members do and the skills they share," Ms White explains.
Ashburton Mayor Donna Favel says supporting and promoting the Mid Canterbury TimeBank and Learning Exchange is a key activity in the Ashburton District's Welcoming Plan.
"Connections and relationships between newcomers and the community are key to reducing isolation and enhancing community wellbeing," she says. "The TimeBank provides an opportunity for newcomers to connect with others and share their skills and expertise with locals. Welcoming Communities is proud to support the 'Love Your TimeBank' week."
For more details about the 'Love Your TimeBank' week or to learn more about the Mid Canterbury TimeBank and Learning Exchange initiatives, visit www.mctimebank.nz
Charlotte and Sophia Clifford and Alasdair Freeborn looking forward to the 'Love Your TimeBank' week Scavenger Hunt