4 December 2023

Nexia Christchurch was proud to sponsor Elmer’s Ōtautahi Elephant Trail sculpture unveiling event, held last month at the Christchurch Town Hall. The event marked the unveiling of 30 intricately designed elephant sculptures, with the goal of raising funds for the Laura Fergusson Brain Injury Trust.

The event, attended by over 250 people, provided guests with their first glimpse of the impressive collection of 30 uniquely crafted sculptures. Designed by professional and emerging local artists, including the renowned ‘The Adventures of Tin Man’ artist Tony Cribb, these sculptures are displayed on the streets, parks, and public spaces of Christchurch until March 2024. Ultimately, they will be auctioned, with proceeds going to the Laura Fergusson Brain Injury Trust, to support those impacted by traumatic brain and other complex injuries throughout Canterbury.

The sculpture trail is inspired by the beloved children’s book character Elmer the Patchwork Elephant, known for promoting messages of 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 tolerance 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 Laura Fergusson Brain Injury Trust CEO, Kathryn Jones.

“At Nexia, we take pride in actively supporting our local 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 s Nexia Christchurch CEO, Amy Murdoch.

The funds raised from Elmer’s Ōtautahi Elephant Trail will play a crucial role in constructing a new purpose-built facility, consolidating services to better support individuals impacted by traumatic brain injuries, spinal injuries, or other complex disabilities.

To see some photos from the event, please click here.

For more information about the trail, click here or for more information on the Laura Fergusson Brain Injury Trust, click here.

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