Come along and enjoy a delicious 3 course lunch (including beer and wine) with friends and family. This event is about everything we stand for – Coming Together. Sitting around a table breaking bread with friends and family, sharing stories and creating memories.
GO to Miss Lillys Angel Trust facebook page to order tickets
Hear what happens when communities come together through bravery and kindness. Hear what happens when someone puts their hand up and asks, “what can I do to help?” Hear how an army of strangers came together and got relief to where it was needed, when it was needed, when everything was against them. Hear about the sheer force of community spirit that simply cannot be broken even in the deepest, darkest of times. This is all about community at its best.
You will hear from those who were on the ground in North Canterbury and Kaikoura directly after the quakes. Those who were affected by Mother Nature and those who were on the receiving end of this civilian relief effort. You will hear what this truly meant to the lives of those involved.
VIP bubbles and Canapes Function – join us for bubbles and hand made canapes for an hour prior to the main event. You’ll get to mix and mingle with some of our guest speakers, as well as chat to representatives from all the generous businesses who have donated to our charity lunch.
Thanks to many generous businesses the full ticket price (less fees) goes direct to Miss Lilly’s Angel Trust.
WHO ARE WE?
Miss Lilly’s Angels Trust was established on Tuesday 22nd November 2016 as a direct result of the community relief effort in response to the series of North Canterbury earthquakes which commenced at 12.02am on Monday 14th November 2016.
The immediate relief effort spanned a period of 5 days and more than 2000 volunteers supported the cause. It began as a simple Facebook Post asking for donations of time, product and services and morphed into a mass relief effort involving helicopters, small aircraft and the Frigate Canterbury.
It’s fair to say we did a great job, however our work has only just begun.
WHY WE ARE FUNDRAISING?
We all know that another natural disaster of significant proportion is going to happen in our life time. It may not be an earthquake. It may be a flood, a tsunami or a cyclone. We need to be there for you and your family when this happens. We need to ensure that there are processes and systems in place for immediate reaction post natural disaster. We need to be able to get help to you, when you need it the most.
One of the joys of living in New Zealand is that we have a large number of rural and isolated communities. Bliss on any normal day, however when disaster strikes, getting help to rural and isolated communities can be challenging.
We delivered on this post the North Canterbury and Kaikoura Quakes, however everything was achieved as a result of the generosity of businesses and people in the community. We appreciate this is not a sustainable model hence why we are hosting Miss Lilly’s Angel Trust Charity Lunch.
We are currently working with a number of agencies (Landcorp, Sicon,) to build a Thrive Me non-static app that will be of huge help for rural and isolated communities post natural disaster. It will mean that we can get help to where it is needed as fast possible. However, these things cost money, and put quite simply we have none. We require $100K to build the next stage of this app. So please join us for lunch and help us make this happen.
Our MC – Julia Sartorio
Julia is an award-winning TV producer and documentary maker. She lives and breathes the world of current affairs. Julia started her broadcasting career at the BBC. As a producer and reporter, Julia spent a decade covering major events from civil wars, natural disasters, to social issues and celebrity interviews across the globe. She has had the privilege of interviewing world leaders including Nelson Mandela, and “infamous” rock band, the Rolling Stones.
After living in every continent, Julia made the decision to live in Sydney. Having worked for SBS, ABC and Network 10, in 2009, she met her future husband and crossed the ditch.
Julia has worked for the country’s leading weekly current affair programme, Sunday, as a senior producer for nearly a decade. She has covered most of NZ’s major events including the Christchurch earthquakes, Samoa’s tsunami, Napier shooting, David Bain trial and many more.
Tom currently works at the Department of Geological Sciences as Associate Professor in Disaster Risk and Resilience at University of Canterbury. He co-leads the "Resilient Rural Backbone Co-creation Laboratory" which is developing innovative solutions for enhancing the resilience of rural New Zealand, recognising its unique contribution to our national identity and its pivotal economic function. He works closely with practitioners, policy-makers and researchers in co-creation teams that produce new knowledge, tools and practices to fast-tracking resilient solutions for multiple hazards in rural New Zealand.
Tom will be part of a Q&A session with Julia, so feel free to come armed with any questions you may have.
Sam is Foundation Chair of the Student Volunteer Army. In response to the 2010 Canterbury Quake, Sam Johnson, created a Facebook group called the “Student Base for Earthquake Clean Up”. Sam invited friends to join him in assisting local residents with non life-saving tasks, in particular removing liquefaction around Christchurch.
The support for the group skyrocketed and more than 2500 student volunteers arrived in force to contribute to the clean-up of over 65,000 tonnes of liquefaction. Sam worked with the University of Canterbury to maximise this momentum and from this came the Student Volunteer Army (SVA).
Sam will join us via pre-recorded video link and share some of his experiences of what it means when communities come together post natural disaster. We will hear Sam talk about the positive effects of this on communities, even when all else seems lost.
It all started with a simple Facebook post – It’s time to get baking North Canterbury - and morphed into something magical. Lilly’s home in Rangiora become the hub for all those who wanted to help, but didn’t know where to start. 2000 people, over 5 days, worked out of her home getting aid to where it was needed most. This was no small operation. Helicopters, small aircraft and the Frigate Canterbury were all involved in moving aid parcels to effected regions. As a result, 9 days later, Miss Lilly’s Angel Trust was founded. Hear how she mobilised a community of strangers to come together that ultimately created the charity that you are supporting today. It is no surprise to those who know Lilly that she was awarded the Kiwibank Local Hero Award in 2018.
As a result of the Kaikoura Quake Suz got to witness an amazing side of humanity that you only read about in the paper and hear on the news. This was mainly driven by Miss Lilly's Angel Trust and why she is now part of their story going forward. Suz experienced the full force of what happens when strangers come together in a time of desperation and tragedy. Listen to her tell her story about the true meaning of community spirit.