Ten years after the Canterbury Earthquakes destroyed the Cancer Society’s Christchurch-based accommodation and support services building, the $20 million rebuild is set to go ahead.
The project, at 74 Langdons Road, Papanui, is due to begin in May and be completed by early 2023. It received a $6.5 million boost from the Crown’s Shovel Ready Project Initiative Fund, set up as part of the government’s economic response to Covid-19.
Cancer Society Canterbury-West Coast Chief Executive Elizabeth Chesterman says the charity was thrilled to receive the funding for the “long-awaited rebuild”.
“Over the past ten years we have had to react quickly and frequently relocate our operations to ensure we could keep providing the services that people with cancer from around our region rely on,” she says.
The accommodation facilities provide a “home away from home” for people from around the South Island and the Chatham Islands who need to come to Christchurch Hospital for cancer treatment.
The new building will include modern, welcoming facilities away from the hospital environment designed for overnight accommodation, as well as facilities for support groups and education, with ample carparking.
Further funds for the project will be raised via a fundraising campaign. Sponsorship enquiries can be directed to Janice Porter-Hoare, Fundraising and Events Manager, on 021 198 5392.