Past Projects

Children of Prisoners Week Campaign 2012



Children of Prisoners Week 24-30th September source: This article is from the Pillars Spring 2012 Newsletter

The Children of Prisoners Week Campaign was a tremendous success in raising awareness about the plight of the 20,000 children who have a mum or dad doing time in prison.

The theme, “Not My Crime – Still My Sentence,” was inspired by the various experiences to which these children are vulnerable, including stigma, bullying, social isolation, separation anxiety, financial and developmental obstacles.

What started off to be a small campaign held in Christchurch grew into a much larger one than we expected.

Pillars’ researcher, Liz Gordon of Pukeko Research and Pillars staff were in high demand for newspaper,radio, and television interviews.

Mt Eden Corrections Facility staged a one week event to mark the occasion and raise awareness. In Addition nine of their staff have offered to volunteer their time for Pillars – what wonderful support from those who have an “insider’s” understanding of the value of our work.

Even the Minister of Corrections, Hon Anne Tolley mentioned in Parliament that it was Children of Prisoners Week. She spoke of the work Pillars does and also the importance of prisoner parents having access to employment when released so that they are able to take up their parental responsibilities.

Back in Christchurch we launched the “Collateral Convicts” Exhibition at the Re: Start Container Mall. There was high public interest with a large number of the public viewing the display.

A big thank you to all the volunteers who made the event so successful and especially to Daniel Wright from Circle Trust who coordinated and supported the volunteers.

At the end of the week, Christchurch Men’s Prison Management invited Pillars staff to a presentation of a beautiful artwork carved and painted by a parent in prison as a thank you for our services to his family and to the children and families of prisoners in Christchurch.

To top it off, we had a record number of calls in one week from families seeking support and the prospect of a more hopeful future.

This Campaign has been so successful, we are determined to make it an annual event. Thank you for helping us spread the word and make a difference for these families.

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Run for Ronald

Circle Trust Run for Ronald Team


We did all the hard work; we trained for and completed the Christchurch Airport Marathon raising $1000 and still rising all in aid of Ronald McDonald House South Island. You can still donate here

Our Team competed across different sectors of the event and we wish to thank everyone for the amazing support we received

Our Team:

Half Marathon

Daniel Wright – Community Co-Ordinator Circle Trust

Taz Mukorombindo – Circle Trust Board Member & Chair of Canterbury Business Association

Kayne Loach – Phone Sales Rep Blairs Supertyre Distributors – Wearing the Circle Trust Morph suit

10km Run
Lyn-Marie Harris – Mother
Michelle Kelly – Teacher
Jack – 12yrs old supporting his mum Michelle

10km Walk
Lisa Roche – Personal Trainer Anytime Fitness Shirley
Emma Roche – Student Marian College

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Project Plant

Project Plant was launched as a volunteer project with the help of Christchurch National Party MPs to help residents from quake-affected properties in Christchurch to keep their treasured plants alive while they rebuild or relocate over the next 12-24 months.

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“The Gifted Garden” From One Community to another 11th March

Circle Trust is helping facilitate “A Gifted Garden” the gifting of a show garden from the Ellerslie International Flower Show from one community to another.

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A Run to Remember February 23rd

A Run to Remember is a 12km charity fun run/walk to honour those that lost their lives during the February 2011 earthquake.

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