As the festive season approaches, the air in Christchurch is not just filled with the scent of pine and the jingle of bells, but also with the spirit of generosity and compassion. Christmas, a time of joy and celebration, is also an opportunity for us to reflect on the values of giving and community. At Cowdy, we believe in the power of giving back to our community. This year we’re highlighting four remarkable charities that are making a significant impact in Christchurch. Each of these organisations offers a unique way to contribute to the well-being of our city, and we invite you to join us in supporting their invaluable work.


AVIVA, a charity close to our hearts at Cowdy, operates tirelessly 365 days a year, offering specialist services to those affected by family and sexual violence. They have supported over 1,200 individuals, ranging from children to adults, and have responded to more than 4,000 emergency calls annually. Their inclusive approach welcomes people of any age, gender, ethnicity, or sexual orientation, providing a safe haven and essential support to those in dire need.

How You Can Help: Consider making a donation, participating in fundraising events, or volunteering your time. Every contribution helps pave the way to a violence-free future for our community.

Christchurch City Mission

Since 1929, the Christchurch City Mission has been a pillar of support for the community. From humble beginnings serving stews to the unemployed, they have grown to meet the increasing needs of our city. Their food bank alone aids over 40,000 people each year. The Mission extends its services to emergency accommodation, skill development programs, addiction counselling, and more.

How You Can Help: Donations, volunteering, fundraising, or donating goods to their shops can make a significant difference in the lives of those they serve.


Cholmondeley has been a haven for over 30,000 children since 1925. They specialise in providing short-term care for children aged 3-12, especially those whose families are undergoing stress or crisis. The respite care and education offered at Cholmondeley gives children a chance to experience the joys of childhood in a nurturing environment, helping them discover their strengths and resilience.

How You Can Help: Your support can come in the form of donations, corporate sponsorship, or volunteering. Every bit helps in safeguarding the well-being of our children.

Full Bellies

Full Bellies began its journey in 2022, addressing a critical need in Northwest Christchurch. The founders recognised the plight of children coming to school hungry and unable to concentrate. Starting with just six food bags per week, they have now expanded to distributing 854 bags weekly, thanks to their dedicated team of 92 volunteers. Full Bellies is more than a charity; it’s a community hub radiating positivity and hope.

How You Can Help: Join their vibrant volunteer team or make a donation. Every contribution brings Full Bellies closer to their goals of reducing child poverty.

This Christmas, let’s embrace the true spirit of the season by supporting these incredible organisations. Each one plays a vital role in our community, offering support, care, and hope to those in need. Whether it’s through a donation, volunteering your time, or simply spreading the word, your involvement can make a real difference.

Together, we can make this festive season a time of giving and compassion, bringing light and warmth to the hearts of many in Christchurch.

NICK COWDY / Residential Sales Consultant, Principal Agent