How can your school participate?

We invite your school to participate in a fundraiser as part of the Elmer’s Ōtautahi Elephant Trail! The goal is simple: raise as much money as possible for Laura Fergusson Brain Injury Trust over the next two months to win your very own ‘Buddy Bench’ sculpture. This enchanting and functional piece of art will provide a space for students to connect, support, and build friendships during playtimes. 

How can your school win the ‘Buddy Bench’ sculpture?

Get your students, teachers, parents, and community involved in the fundraising extravaganza! Organize fun activities such as bake sales, talent shows, sponsored walks, Dress as Elmer days or art exhibitions. Let your creativity flow and come up with unique and exciting ways to engage everyone in raising funds for this fantastic cause. Every $100 raised will get you one entry into the draw to win: 

  • A ‘Buddy Bench’ sculpture 
  • Samsung Tab A8 10.5” from 2Degrees
  • Your class can join the live audience of What Now!*
  • Elmer books 
  • Thanks to 2Degrees we also have 2 more Samsung Tab A8 10.5” tablets to give away to two lucky schools!

This unique piece of art will serve as a beautiful symbol of friendship and inclusivity within your school community. 

*What Now audience prize must be used on Sunday morning of 26th November.


How to get started: 

  1. Register your school for the Elmer’s Ōtautahi Elephant Trail Fundraiser by emailing
  2. Gather your team of enthusiastic fundraisers, including students, parents, and teachers.
  3. Brainstorm exciting fundraising ideas and start planning your events.
  4. Spread the word through social media, newsletters, and local community groups.
  5. Get fundraising! Remember, every dollar you raise will bring you closer to winning the ‘Buddy Bench’ sculpture.


Together, let’s make a positive impact on our community while fostering friendship and creativity within your school. Join the Elmer’s Ōtautahi Elephant Trail Fundraiser today and help us make Christchurch an even more inclusive and vibrant place for all! 

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