Wine & Art 2021

About the event

We are delighted to be able to host the 28th edition of our Wine & Art fundraising dinner and auction in the beautiful Limes Room at Christchurch Town hall, postponed to Saturday, 19th of February 2022.

Our evening will begin with drinks around the stunning fountains outside the Town Hall overlooking Victoria Square before we move inside for a 3 course dinner, with matching wines from our wonderful sponsors North Canterbury Wine Region. A silent and live auction will give you the opportunity to bid for collectable fine wines, original art from emerging and established artists and a selection of bespoke experiences.

While we have kept all your favourite parts of the event (delicious food, lots of wine, amazing auction items, a beautiful venue and the opportunity to support CMRF’s fundraising), we have added in live entertainment throughout the evening, a shorter live auction and a chance to put on your dancing shoes with our live band after dinner.

All funds raised at the dinner, through the generosity of our guests, donors, sponsors and auction bidders, go directly towards the Wine & Art Grant 2021.

Recipient Professor Nick Draper – Collisions in Junior Rugby

University of Canterbury Professor Nick Draper is a former Olympic level judo manager and selector, and now world-renowned sports scientist. He will be awarded more than $100,000 by the Canterbury Medical Research Foundation to conduct a two-year study into head collisions in junior rugby and the potential of World Rugby-sanctioned head gear to reduce impacts.

The Canterbury Medical Research Foundation will raise the funds required for Nick’s research at the annual Wine and Art Gala on Saturday, 16 October.

CMRF Chair, Geoff Cranko says the Foundation is delighted to be able to support a project which could have such a fundamental impact on the health and well-being of young Cantabrians and the safe future of the game for all players.

Nick has three sons who play rugby for the Waihora Rugby Club. He also coaches for the club. Watching his boys and their team mates was one of the inspirations for his New Zealand-first study. His experience seeing the impact of concussions in a range of sports, contact and otherwise, was another powerful motivator. “As I’ve watched kids play rugby I wondered what I could do as a researcher to make the game safer for the next generation of players and All Blacks.”

Nick says he is excited about the potential difference the study could make. “There is a real lack of research in this area. It’s exciting to get funding from the CMRF because this research could have real potential for reducing potential harm. It will provide important evidence in regard to the potential benefits of headgear for junior and senior players.” 

If you would like to make a donation to Prof Draper’s research project click here.

Tickets to this event have now sold out!

Thank you for your support – we look forward to seeing you on the night.
Please email [email protected] with any questions you may have.

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