All for a good cause
Canterbury East Federation of Women's Institute members came together for a deserving cause on Friday - celebrating their annual Quiz Co day at Ladbrooks Hall with a nautical theme.
There were many laughs, games, acts and songs, but there was a serious undertone.
The group, most of whom are from Selwyn or Halswell, sold raffles and took donations to raise money for the Winter family of Christchurch.
Chase Winter has just turned three, but he has the courage of someone 10 times his age.
The brave toddler was diagnosed with posterior urethal valves months before he was born.
In August he will undergo a lifesaving kidney transplant at Auckland's Starship Hospital. Chase's father is donating a kidney, and the Women's Institute is making sure the family does not go it alone.
The institute nationally is raising money for the Kidney Kids charity but the link with the Winter family is more personal to the local branch.
Canterbury East president Rosemary Edward's daughter was Chase's mother's midwife.
Mrs Edwards said it was a privilege and pleasure to be helping Chase, who she considers to be like family.
"They are a delightful family and it breaks your heart to know that he is so young, but so sick."
The group has been flat out fundraising for Chase to help cover non-funded costs associated with his surgery.
The Winter family will need to be based in Auckland for three months after the transplant.
Chase's mother, Danielle Winter, said the situation is "very demanding", but she is glad the transplant is finally scheduled after 18 months of waiting.
The support of the Women's Institute had been amazing, she said.
"They are unbelievable. They are out fundraising, then they are bringing groceries around. We are very lucky to have their support."
Mrs Edwards is also a driving force behind other groups fundraising for Chase.
The Paua Cantata Choir is holding a concert on Saturday, July 13 at the Westpac Hub on Jack Hinton Drive, with proceeds going to the Winter family.
More information can be found on Chase's website, http:/ /www.catherine-rietveld.com/