14 August 2023

Nexia Christchurch is pleased to support Elmer’s Ōtautahi Elephant Trail, raising funds for the Laura Fergusson Brain Injury Trust.

Following the resounding success of Christchurch’s Pop Up Penguins in 2020 and Christchurch Stands Tall giraffes in 2014, the Laura Fergusson Brain Injury Trust is pleased to be partnering with global public art specialists Wild in Art to bring a new sculpture trail to Christchurch in the summer of 2023/2024.

Over 30 large elephant sculptures, individually designed by professional and emerging artists, will be displayed through the streets, parks and public spaces of Christchurch from November 2023 to March 2024. Ultimately, these elephants will be auctioned to raise money to enable the Laura Fergusson Brain Injury Trust to support those impacted by traumatic brain and other complex injuries throughout Canterbury.

The latest sculpture trail is based on the beloved children’s book character Elmer the Patchwork Elephant which promotes positive messages about inclusivity, kindness, compassion and friendship. The 30th Elmer storybook, ‘Elmer and the Gift’ deals with the theme of memory loss with love and respect and celebrates diversity, being different and being tolerant to yourself and others.

“We are incredibly excited to bring David McKee’s much-loved elephant character, Elmer the Patchwork Elephant, to life in what will be the city’s most colourful art trail yet,’’ says Kathryn Jones.

As demand for their services continues to grow, their existing facilities and residential accommodation options are no longer adequate. The funds raised from Elmer’s Ōtautahi Art Trail will be instrumental in constructing a new purpose-built facility, which will consolidate all their services under one roof. This will enable them to extend their support to a larger number of individuals impacted by traumatic brain injuries, spinal injuries, or other complex disabilities.

“At Nexia, we are proud to actively support our communities by sponsoring causes that make a positive impact. This partnership reflects our commitment to making a difference and providing essential support to the Laura Ferguson Brain Injury Trust” says Nexia Christchurch CEO, Amy Murdoch.

For more information about the trail, click here.

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