Plate Up for a Purpose

DIshing up the goods across Canterbury


27 February, at the Christchurch Town Hall, will see the return of the Bayleys Plate Up for a Purpose a community based fundraising event, with 100% of proceeds going directly to the Christchurch City Mission’s Back to School Programme. This programme gets school uniforms, shoes, bags, stationery and school trip money to struggling families across the whole Canterbury region. Just on $200,000 was raised in 2020 – we’re aiming for even higher this time round – and there’s still time for you to get involved.


From the hot seat to the hot plate

We put 15 Canterbury business leaders in a room and the knives come out. In this case though, they’ve traded their suits for aprons and are Plating Up for a Purpose. Grouped into teams for the three courses, each team is under the firm eye of three Canterbury celebrity chefs. The kitchen action is livestreamed from the Christ College’s atmospheric dining hall to expectant tables of diners, who are served the meals and deliver their verdict by popular vote at the end of night.
The business leaders and chefs donate their time, and we are immensely grateful for their commitment and passion. Competitive juices have been simmering for months already, as each leader runs their own fundraising campaign. See who’s involved, and access the Givealittle fundraising pages for each business leader, at


Recipe for success

Pete Whalan, CEO of Bayleys Canterbury, was hands on in the kitchen last year and will be again this year. It’s a cause our entire team believes in strongly.

Let’s all contribute to long-term social change in our community, for our future generations.

He says, “We have some of Canterbury’s most respected business leaders joining us with crowdfunding and then in the kitchen this year. The Mission helps families who often can’t even afford to put food in their child's lunch box, let alone cover basic uniform costs. It was the thought of local children failing to get a fair start in education that led all these leaders to sign say yes and put themselves on show. “In a year like no other, it’s fantastic to see this event yet again coming to life. We thank our business leaders and their respective companies for bringing their competitive spirit to the table – together this event is making a positive difference for today and our future generations”.


The proof is in the pudding

Every child matters. Christchurch City Missioner Matthew Mark was "over the moon" when last year’s event almost doubled the original fundraising goal. This year has been tougher than ever for many families.

By pulling together we can help give every child in Canterbury the basic equipment and clothing that they need to face school with confidence and get the best possible start in life.

Please donate if you can: Together, we can dish up the goods.

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