Breaking New Ground
The expansion of Ranui from 26 to 68 family apartments will continue the Trusts’ aim and passion of ‘Keeping Families Together’ and providing a ‘Home Away From Home’.
For many patients and families, Ranui Apartments cannot come fast enough.
Throughout the year the demand for our services has continued to grow and we are turning away two to three families every day.
Our fundraising journey began in 2010 when the Bone Marrow Cancer Trust anticipated future demand and purchased land near the hospital on Selwyn Street to offer an additional 42 fully self-contained 2-bedroom apartments to be known as Ranui Apartments.
We were halfway towards our fundraising goal of $12 Million when the global pandemic hit, making fundraising a challenge under the difficult economic climate. In 2020, the Trust was successful in securing Crown funding of $7 Million from the New Zealand Government Shovel Ready Project Initiative Fund. This government funding meant that we could once again proceed with confidence. Without this financial support, Ranui Apartments would have remained an unattainable dream.
The new facility will also provide accommodation for one-night stays, which we have not been able offer in the past.
The Trust is extremely grateful to the Otago Community Trust, Rata Foundation, Aoraki Trust and the Community Trust of Mid and South Canterbury for their support and belief in funding this project to benefit Kiwis that come to Christchurch for lifesaving medical treatment.
Construction is now underway and the completion date is set for early 2023.