A new community is being built in Bromley thanks to Habitat for Humanity and corporate partner, Infor. Crusaders players and staff have joined with Infor employees in rolling up their sleeves over the past month and helping to build 11 new homes for Habitat Hand-up Christchurch.

The $7.6m project involves the construction of 21 homes to re-house families in need following the devastating earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 which destroyed 20,000 homes. Habitat Hand-up Christchurch will see families housed in decent homes, eliminating the health issues faced in their current houses and putting them on the path to home ownership over a ten-year period.

Volunteers from Infor, the Crusaders and the Christchurch community have been hard at work at Bayswater Crescent and Foresthill Place in Bromley, building 11 of the project homes. With construction now well-advanced, the first six homes are scheduled to be occupied by July. Last night the Crusaders, Infor and Habitat for Humanity hosted a street party for the community to celebrate the progress of the project to date.

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"Over the course of the last month we have had Crusaders players, staff and Crusaders Academy members volunteer their time and I know that they have all loved having the opportunity to be involved in this build," Crusaders CEO Hamish Riach said. "It is great to be involved in a project where the direct benefits to this community and to the families involved are so clear to see, so we congratulate Infor and Habitat for Humanity on driving the project."

Crusaders Head Coach Todd Blackadder and members of the team presented a tree to each of the 11 families last night, to plant in their new gardens.

"It was humbling to be there last night and see how grateful these families are for the help they’re receiving. But this is no handout - these families have been working incredibly hard themselves to get their new homes built and it is awesome to see them so close to being able to move out of their current sub-standard living situations and into the new houses that they’ve been so involved in constructing," Blackadder said.

Families selected in the project build were those who have been severely affected by the housing crisis that resulted from the Canterbury earthquakes. Crusaders commercial partner, Infor, has pledged $10,000 towards the build as part of its corporate sponsorship partnership with Habitat for Humanity International.

"This partnership reflects Infor’s continued commitment to being actively involved in the future of New Zealand, Christchurch and the wider Canterbury region," said Jo-Anne Ruhl, Managing Director, Infor Pacific. "Working with an organisation such as the Habitat for Humanity is important as we are always on the lookout for synergies in partnerships that extends to local businesses and communities. We are happy to be given the opportunity to contribute not only funding but volunteers towards the Christchurch builds."