Otago Community Trust, July 2013 Donations

  • 15-Aug-13
  • News Announcements

The planned new Brighton Surf Life Saving Club has just taken a major step forward following an $80,000 donation from the Otago Community Trust.

Project manager Scott Weatherall said the Club is extremely grateful for the funding, which has made the difference to the project going ahead.  “We are overwhelmed by the amount of support.  It just shows how much the community all want, as well as need, this purpose built facility that will cater for a significant local need for the next 30 plus years,” he said.

The surf club and multi-purpose community facility is expected to be finished by the end of 2013.

It’s hoped the $460,000 new building will not only serve the needs of the volunteer and paid lifeguards, but will also become a significant asset to the Brighton community, available for community groups to utilise. 

The Trust last month donated $334,395 to 48 organisations throughout Otago. 

Trust CE Keith Ellwood said $88,445 of that was donated to 19 Otago organisations involved in delivering community wellness services.   The funding, which was much appreciated by all of the groups involved, will be put towards a range of capability building projects and counselling programmes, and to assist with the cost of volunteer expenses.

One of the organisations to benefit from the community wellness funding round was the RMH Auckland Trust, which will receive $3,000 to assist with the cost of purchasing of play equipment for the Starship Hospital in Auckland - in the last year 36 Otago families spent 520 nights at the hospital.

The Trust also donated $40,000 to the Central Otago Ecological Trust to construct a 1.6 kilometre pest-proof fence, which will protect endangered skinks across a 14 hectare pest-free sanctuary on public land near Alexandra. 

The native lizards are extinct from the Alexandra basin.  A pilot trial, which the Trust helped to fund, established that it would be possible to recover lizard populations provided predator pests are removed. The community has been heavily involved in this work and is looking forward to the predator-proof fence construction during phase two of the project.

Other donations made over the month included $12,000 to the Balclutha Primary School to assist with the cost of upgrading the school playground. The Trust donated 3,100 to Taki Rua Productions Society Inc  towards the cost of the 2013 Te Reo Maori Season Schools Tour.  UN Youth New Zealand received $1,000 to assist with the cost of hosting the NZ Model Security Council Conference in Dunedin, which is a simulation of the United Nations Security Council.               

Arts and festivals to be supported over the month included the NZ Choral Federation Otago Region, which received $9,000 to assist with staging the Big Sing Finale at the Dunedin Town Hall.  This event is a very popular regional secondary schools singing competition. The Otago Polytechnic Dunedin School of Art received $750 towards the cost of holding an Art & Money Symposium & one-week exhibition. The Tuvalu Community received $400 to assist with the cost of the Tuvalu Community's Independence Day celebrations.

Otago Community Trust, July 2013 donations


Jigsaw Central Lakes



Alexandra Blossom Festival Inc



Alexandra Squash Rackets Club Inc



Dunstan Golf Club Inc



Central Otago Ecological Trust



Clutha Country Music Club



Oho Mauri Oho Ake Charitable Trust



South Otago High School



Balclutha Primary School



Tuvalu Community



Kaikorai Grays Sport & Travel Inc



NZ Society of Authors (PEN NZ Inc) Otago/Southland Branch



Otago University Sri Lankan Students Association



Otago Polytechnic - Dunedin School of Art



Rape Crisis Dunedin Inc



Canteen Otago



Dunedin Senior Chinese Assn



Ngai Tahu Maori Law Centre



Stageworks Otago Inc



Malcam Charitable Trust



Youthline Otago Inc



Volunteering Otago Trust



Presbyterian Support Otago



Te Hou Ora Otepoti Inc



Methodist Mission Southern



Pacific Trust Otago



Te Whare Pounamu Dunedin Women’s Refuge



Ravensbourne Youth Yachting Trust



English Language Partners Dunedin Inc



Sherwood Centre Charitable Trust



Dunedin Choral Society



Blue Oyster Arts Trust



Relationships Aotearoa Inc



NZ Choral Federation - Otago Region



Deacons Court of Knox Church



Brighton Surf Life Saving Club (Dunedin)



Scout Assn - St Patricks Scout Troop



Literacy North Otago



North Otago Golf Club



CCS Disability Action Waitaki Inc



Lower Waitaki Water Sports Trust



NZ Special Olympics South Island Regional Council



NZ Canoe Polo Association



Un Youth New Zealand



RMH Auckland Trust



Taki Rua Productions Society Inc



Maniototo Curling International Inc



Warbirds Over Wanaka Community Trust


  Alpine Community Development Trust $10,000
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