Community is one of our core values, and one of the reasons we started Heat Pumps NOW. Because we advertise in ‘The Mairehau’ newsletter, in the middle of last year, Ginny Larsen of the Neighbourhood Trust approached Heat Pumps NOW for a quote on a project they were working on. After learning about their Pay it Forward initiative and what it would mean for the future of many small businesses, we could see the good it would do Christchurch and decided we had to be involved.
Check out our video of the Pay it Forward opening night.
Check out our Pay It Forward Opening Night Video
“Community is at the heart of Heat Pumps NOW, and I believe that means putting your money where your mouth is to help those around you,” says Blair. “We asked Ginny Larsen at The Neighbourhood Trust to collect submissions from those involved in Pay it Forward, asking what they’d do with a small grant,” he says.
“Heat Pumps NOW reviewed anonymous submissions from eleven artisans, and it was difficult to choose just two,” says Communications and Marketing Coordinator Cameron Taylor. “In the end, we made our decision based on how the artisans said their work would feed back into the community,” he says.
Nadine Driver from Gluten Free Cook wanted to ensure supply of her delicious goods to Pay it Forward and develop some new recipes to go in the store. She wants to use those recipes to teach nutritional classes.
“My aim is to produce quality, health orientated, gluten-free products. Also, to get involved in community education, helping people from all backgrounds deal with dietary restrictions,” says Nadine.
Christchurch artist and designer Sarah Greig wrote a children’s book, but was struggling with the illustrations. “I set up the basic layout of the pictures on a draft piece of paper, and use the light box to draw the final work,” says Sarah. “Up until now I have been using a light box I made out of a piece of recycled glass, an old shoe box, some duct-tape and a torch. Although I like the idea of using a MacGyver-inspired piece of equipment, it doesn’t really cut the mustard and it is really a bit rubbish,” she says.
Sarah recently sent us this wonderful thank you photo, showing her new light box in action. Heat Pumps NOW is very happy to see it all up and running smoothly.
Thank You Note from Sarah Greig
Heat Pumps NOW is proud to support these local artisans, and community initiatives like Pay it Forward. We look forward to seeing what they come up with in future.
If you know of someone actively 'paying it forward' in the community, we'd like to know. Check out our Heat Pumps NOW Community Hero Award, to nominate those making Christchurch a better place.