UCSA President Josh Proctor provides an account of fundraising efforts for the new UCSA building Haere-roa at the recent Queenstown Marathon.
(From left to right: UCSA President Josh Proctor, USAC exec member Alex Holmes, VC Dr Rod Carr, UCSA exec members Shayne Goldingham and Sam Broshnahan.)
The Queenstown Marathon was a fantastic event that those involved will remember for a long time.
Rod completed his twenty-first marathon and was accompanied by UCSA exec members Shayne Goldingham and Alex Holmes who were both completing their first.
Alex and Rod ended up passing each other a few times throughout the race, with Alex eventually finishing slightly in front.
Shayne chugged away and his halftime Facebook message stating he was on track to achieve a PB was accurate, and despite the pain, he was all smiles crossing the finish line.
Sam Brosnahan and I were entered in the half marathon, Sam’s second and my first.
All in all, we had a lot of fun and are glad to have been able to run in support of Rod who raised over $11,000 for Haere-roa. The UCSA Fundraising campaign is etching closer to $3 million and we’re very excited to be opening our new home next year.
How to help our students build their new home>
On 17 November 2018 the Vice-Chancellor | Tumu Whakarae is running the Queenstown Marathon to raise funds for the new students’ association building.
Following the completion of 20 full marathons, including one of every continent, Dr Rod Carr retired from running full marathons, however he has recently decided to come out of his self-imposed running retirement to enter the 2018 Queenstown International Marathon in November, with the aim of raising funds for the UCSA Building.
Please consider donating to him here>
A message from Dr Rod Carr
For the last decade I have had the privilege to play my part in leading an extraordinary institution in extraordinary times. I have been motivated by the impact education has on people, especially younger people taking a first degree. I have been inspired by the students, their community, their clubs, their self-motivation and leadership.
In supporting the student body to own and control their own place, we recognise their responsibility and reward their contribution while enabling and empowering generations of future students.
The funds will go towards the $5m fundraising campaign being organised by the University of Canterbury Students’ Association (UCSA) for their new building, the old home was damaged beyond repair in the 2011 earthquake.
Work is now well under way on the UCSA building site. Here’s what’s happening over the next few weeks.
- Ground beams and foundations – excavation work is progressing.
- Trenching work and drilling bores has started at the Ilam Road end of the site.
- There will be some noise as a result of this work, and a small number of concrete trucks coming and going from site.
- Concrete pours – the slab will be poured section by section. There will be one or two trucks coming and going from site at any one time.
- Construction and assembly of Precast Panels on-site.
- Structural steel work due to start.
- Bore drilling at the Health Centre end of the site is also expected to start after exams.
Study break and exams
Noise levels are expected to be low over the study break and exam period, however this will be monitored. If you have any concerns please contact David Wong, Project Manager Capital Works – firstname.lastname@example.org
Please take care when walking, cycling, skateboarding or driving near the UCSA building site. Watch for construction vehicles and look out for others.
Construction work on a new sub-station is under way near the Health Centre/UCSA site. The sub-station will service buildings in the area.
Temporary fencing is in place around the work site. Two car parks will be unavailable during the work to allow construction vehicle access.
Please follow any detours and signage in place around the work area. Take care when travelling through the area and look out for others.
Kia mataara. Think first.
The ground has been broken, Leighs Construction are on site, and work has started on the new UCSA building. Leighs are currently marking up the site and working on the construction of ground beams.
Leighs will be conducting a site evacuation trial on Wednesday 6 September (tomorrow) at 8am. Please be aware an air horn on the site will sound three times and may be heard from other parts of the campus. Leighs will be carrying out trial evacuations every 3 months as part of their safety plan.
Think first – Kia mataara
Take care when you’re near a construction site on campus. Watch for trucks and other vehicles coming and going.