12 Jul 2023

A community fundraising campaign to raise $1.4 million for a warm-water hydrotherapy pool has hit the halfway mark – and is now ramping up a gear.

The Rotary Club of Hornby and the Greater Hornby Residents’ Association are leading the campaign to raise funds for the hydrotherapy pool at Matatiki Hornby Centre, raising $700,000 so far. 

Marc Duff, Head of Special Projects for the Greater Hornby Residents’ Association, says the next phase of fundraising is getting underway. 

“We’re really keen to partner with members of the community that want to make a difference in Hornby. 

“Through the ‘Buy a Bubble’ campaign, we’re offering a unique opportunity for the people of Hornby to make an impact in the community they care about, while being immortalised within the new community facility,” says Mr Duff. 

The groups are offering the opportunity for businesses, individuals or whānau groups to have their name or logo included on a supporter wall at Matatiki. 

“We want to talk to anyone that is passionate about Hornby and the benefits of hydrotherapy pools. While all donations are welcome, we are looking for those able to make a donation of $250, $500 or $1000 as part of our ‘Buy a Bubble’ campaign,” says Mr Duff. 

People can learn more and make a donation at buyabubble.nz

Paul Burns, President of the Rotary Club of Hornby, says the group is committed to the fundraising partnership.  

“Hornby Rotary has made a $100,000 contribution towards the funding for the hydrotherapy pool and will continue to support further initiatives,” he says. 

The groups have also received a $300,000 Lotteries Grant and $300,000 donation from the Rata Foundation.  

Christchurch City Council Head of Recreation, Sports and Events Nigel Cox says the supporter wall will feature prominently in the new 4000m2 community facility, which is currently under construction in Kyle Park, Hornby.  

“It’s inspiring to see the community rally together to deliver such an amazing asset for the growing community in the southwest of the city,” says Mr Cox. 

“The Council’s in behind the fundraising efforts every step of the way. A strong sense of community ownership and connection to Matatiki Hornby Centre has been created through these efforts,” says Mr Cox. 

Hydrotherapy pools can provide benefits for people with long-term health condition or who are recovering from an injury. 

The Council agreed in February 2022 to contribute $2.5 million towards the hydrotherapy pool addition, with the community to fundraise the $1.4 million balance.  

When complete, Matatiki Hornby Centre will include a library, customer services hub, and aquatic facilities. Construction is due for completion at the end of 2023, with the facility opening to the public in early 2024.