Connecting Young Leaders Christchurch

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Connecting Young Leaders Christchurch

Project 2014-11-18 14:18:53 +1300

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Who we are:

CYL Christchurch is a group of nine students from Canterbury and Lincoln Universities, with different talents and fields of interest, brought together by the Connecting Young Leaders program. This year’s 2014 conference (annually sponsored and hosted by the United States Embassy) was held in Christchurch and challenged students to explore social entrepreneurship.

The last challenge posed at the conference was to come up with a socially responsible solution which addressed a problem within our own community, so our group decided to address the rising cost of living in Christchurch. The most effective way we could do this was to significantly reduce the costs of a community charity that was already helping struggling individuals and families.  

After discovering the most significant property cost for Ronald McDonald House South Island (RMHSI) was energy (this allowing the charity to provide free accommodation and support to the families of sick children) we decided tofundraise for the installation of a large solar-panel system. This would allow the money currently spent on energy, to go back into the community where it is most needed. 

The US Embassy was so enthusiastic about our environmentally and socially responsible solution that by conference end they offered our group $4,000 seed funding to begin the project. Six months later, after a lot of hard work, research and board meetings, we are ready to launch our fundraiser for this project. 

 

 

Our aim:

 

Our aim is to get a quality Solar PV System installed, free of charge, on the roof of RMHSI in Christchurch. The project materials, installation and labourcosts will be in excess of $70K but it is estimated this could save the charity close to $2M over the next 25 years in electricity costs. EnaSolar, a Christchurch based, New Zealand owned and operated Solar PV Manufacturer, is generously supporting the project by providing the materials for us at low cost along with additional benefits that will support Ronald McDonald House South Island long-term.

Our passion for this community project is unquestionable, particularly as it will not only be a fiscal success for this charity, but will enable them to re-invest funds back into their (RMHSI) core philosophy and mission. As a group we hope this project’s creative approach and method will became a template which can be replicated and used by other charities, schools or organisations throughout New Zealand, and as such will ultimately create further national benefit for the communities and people of New Zealand.  

 

This is world first!

Solar project

 

Our Method:

 

This is truly a unique approach which is extremely marketable, as the project combines passionate young leaders, supportive industry experts and the entrepreneurial innovation to benefit the Canterbury community. In order for this project to truly be a success and installed at RMHSI by the end of 2014, we will need significant media exposure and social media sharing. We hope to bring this good news story to all, so they have an opportunity to gift and watch this project develop over time, as it continues to add value to RMHSI. If there is one thing our team has learned in the pastsix months it is that you should always aim for the stars, work hard and ask for what seems impossible or beyond the capability of eight University students… we certainly wouldn’t have gotten this far if we hadn’t. You need to be a part of this project!

Please, help us make this project the wonderful success it has the potential to be… after all, how often do the elements of community, renewable energy, social entrepreneurship, University students and such a worthy charity combine in one great story. 

 

Yours Sincerely,

Connecting Young Leaders Christchurch 

 

 

 

 

Join our background Supporters:

Ronald McDonald House South Island

“Electricity is one of the largest operational costs we have to fundraise for. This project will allow us to significantly reduce fundraising efforts in this area, while providing a long term and sustainable solution for the future. With the solar solution, we can move our fundraising concentration to other vital areas like family support and necessary facility maintenance and upgrades, which will allow us to better provide for families. We are thrilled that CYL Christchurch has had the initiative to move this project from the idea phase into action, and we know this partnership will be hugely beneficial to our charity.”

-Meri Wynen (Fundraising Manager)

 

 

 EnaSolar

“We are delighted to be engaged with this opportunity that will bring such great befits to the community and families at RMH, and are equally honoured to be supporting the ‘Connecting Young Leaders’ program.”

 –Trevor Foster (General Manager) 

 

 

New Zealand Clean Energy Systems (NZCES)

 “It is NZCES’s pleasure to be supporting the Ronald McDonald House  ‘Connecting Young Leaders’ program and we wish all of the recipients of this programme every success.”

-Sue Brown

 

 

Embassy of the United States of America

“The 2014 Connecting Young Leaders conference aimed to inspire, equip and foster an entrepreneurial spirit within the students involved.  This solar project is a great example of the impact a small group of smart, hardworking youth can have in their community. We are very proud of their accomplishments to date and look forward to further assisting with this venture.”

- Emily Armitage (US Consulate Public Affairs Officer)         

 

Fresh Start Electrical

We are proud to be associated with such a worthwhile charity. To give is divine.”

-Mark Ransley (Director)

 

SPLASH Monitoring Limited 

“SPLASH Monitoring are delighted to be involved in this unique and exciting project that aligns with our own core value of “Inspiring Future Generations”. We look forward to working closely with these inspirational Future Leaders on such a worthwhile project that will not only result in ongoing benefits for RMH but hopefully will inspire others to initiate similar projects for other worthwhile causes”

-Ian Sumner (Technical Director)

  

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Project 2014-11-18 14:18:53 +1300

Group photo

Who we are:

CYL Christchurch is a group of nine students from Canterbury and Lincoln Universities, with different talents and fields of interest, brought together by the Connecting Young Leaders program. This year’s 2014 conference (annually sponsored and hosted by the United States Embassy) was held in Christchurch and challenged students to explore social entrepreneurship.

The last challenge posed at the conference was to come up with a socially responsible solution which addressed a problem within our own community, so our group decided to address the rising cost of living in Christchurch. The most effective way we could do this was to significantly reduce the costs of a community charity that was already helping struggling individuals and families.  

After discovering the most significant property cost for Ronald McDonald House South Island (RMHSI) was energy (this allowing the charity to provide free accommodation and support to the families of sick children) we decided tofundraise for the installation of a large solar-panel system. This would allow the money currently spent on energy, to go back into the community where it is most needed. 

The US Embassy was so enthusiastic about our environmentally and socially responsible solution that by conference end they offered our group $4,000 seed funding to begin the project. Six months later, after a lot of hard work, research and board meetings, we are ready to launch our fundraiser for this project. 

 

 

Our aim:

 

Our aim is to get a quality Solar PV System installed, free of charge, on the roof of RMHSI in Christchurch. The project materials, installation and labourcosts will be in excess of $70K but it is estimated this could save the charity close to $2M over the next 25 years in electricity costs. EnaSolar, a Christchurch based, New Zealand owned and operated Solar PV Manufacturer, is generously supporting the project by providing the materials for us at low cost along with additional benefits that will support Ronald McDonald House South Island long-term.

Our passion for this community project is unquestionable, particularly as it will not only be a fiscal success for this charity, but will enable them to re-invest funds back into their (RMHSI) core philosophy and mission. As a group we hope this project’s creative approach and method will became a template which can be replicated and used by other charities, schools or organisations throughout New Zealand, and as such will ultimately create further national benefit for the communities and people of New Zealand.  

 

This is world first!

Solar project

 

Our Method:

 

This is truly a unique approach which is extremely marketable, as the project combines passionate young leaders, supportive industry experts and the entrepreneurial innovation to benefit the Canterbury community. In order for this project to truly be a success and installed at RMHSI by the end of 2014, we will need significant media exposure and social media sharing. We hope to bring this good news story to all, so they have an opportunity to gift and watch this project develop over time, as it continues to add value to RMHSI. If there is one thing our team has learned in the pastsix months it is that you should always aim for the stars, work hard and ask for what seems impossible or beyond the capability of eight University students… we certainly wouldn’t have gotten this far if we hadn’t. You need to be a part of this project!

Please, help us make this project the wonderful success it has the potential to be… after all, how often do the elements of community, renewable energy, social entrepreneurship, University students and such a worthy charity combine in one great story. 

 

Yours Sincerely,

Connecting Young Leaders Christchurch 

 

 

 

 

Join our background Supporters:

Ronald McDonald House South Island

“Electricity is one of the largest operational costs we have to fundraise for. This project will allow us to significantly reduce fundraising efforts in this area, while providing a long term and sustainable solution for the future. With the solar solution, we can move our fundraising concentration to other vital areas like family support and necessary facility maintenance and upgrades, which will allow us to better provide for families. We are thrilled that CYL Christchurch has had the initiative to move this project from the idea phase into action, and we know this partnership will be hugely beneficial to our charity.”

-Meri Wynen (Fundraising Manager)

 

 

 EnaSolar

“We are delighted to be engaged with this opportunity that will bring such great befits to the community and families at RMH, and are equally honoured to be supporting the ‘Connecting Young Leaders’ program.”

 –Trevor Foster (General Manager) 

 

 

New Zealand Clean Energy Systems (NZCES)

 “It is NZCES’s pleasure to be supporting the Ronald McDonald House  ‘Connecting Young Leaders’ program and we wish all of the recipients of this programme every success.”

-Sue Brown

 

 

Embassy of the United States of America

“The 2014 Connecting Young Leaders conference aimed to inspire, equip and foster an entrepreneurial spirit within the students involved.  This solar project is a great example of the impact a small group of smart, hardworking youth can have in their community. We are very proud of their accomplishments to date and look forward to further assisting with this venture.”

- Emily Armitage (US Consulate Public Affairs Officer)         

 

Fresh Start Electrical

We are proud to be associated with such a worthwhile charity. To give is divine.”

-Mark Ransley (Director)

 

SPLASH Monitoring Limited 

“SPLASH Monitoring are delighted to be involved in this unique and exciting project that aligns with our own core value of “Inspiring Future Generations”. We look forward to working closely with these inspirational Future Leaders on such a worthwhile project that will not only result in ongoing benefits for RMH but hopefully will inspire others to initiate similar projects for other worthwhile causes”

-Ian Sumner (Technical Director)

  

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