Otago Community Trust Donations, February

2 Mar 2016

Media Release

iD Fashion week, Midwinter Carnival, the Otago Rally and the University of Otago - Volunteer Centre (UniCrew) are just a handful of the projects the Otago Community Trust is proud to be advancing support for in February.

 The Otago Community Trust has donated $149,190 to 33 organisations across Otago in February.

The Trust has continued its support for the iD Fashion Show in 2016. The iD Fashion show continues to grow from strength to strength, attracting international guests and promoting our very own iconic New Zealand designers to a growing audience. The Trust is also pleased to be once again supporting the wildly popular Midwinter Carnival, an event that brings local creativity to the fore.

The Otago Community Trust is excited to be supporting the Otago Sports Car Club once more with the hosting of the 2016 Otago Rally. Founded in 1947, the Otago Sports Car Club is one of the oldest such clubs in New Zealand. The Otago Rally has become one of the success stories of New Zealand Motor Sport over recent years and is considered one of the premium classic events in the Southern Hemisphere.

 Otago Community Trust Chief Executive Barbara Bridger said the Otago Rally event enjoys significant national and international media coverage for the Otago region. We are pleased to provide funding support to the event and support the wonderful team of volunteers who put together this world class event on our door step.

The Otago Community Trust is delighted to be supporting the great work of the University of Otago - Volunteer Centre (UniCrew). The UniCrew run a variety of projects led by students who are passionate about addressing local social and environmental issues. Members of UniCrew reach out and make a real difference across a wide variety of community based organisations.

The Trust has also continued its support to the Citizens Advice Bureau – Dunedin, donating $10,000 towards the training and supervision of community volunteers for 2016. Volunteers are the backbone of many community organisations offering not only their time but their expertise across a wide variety of areas. The Trust is pleased to be able to assist with ongoing training and supervision for these unsung heroes of our community.

A Trust donation to the Upper Clutha Historical Records Society is also assisting with the cost of producing a publication detailing the lives of the 43 men and one nurse from the area who went to WW1 but did not return alive.

Otago Community Trust is pleased to assist the Waitaki Multicultural Council Inc with the cost of holding a Multicultural Community Concert to celebrate Race Relations Day. This year's Race Relations Day theme is "Welcoming Diversity". While Race Relations Day is on the 21 March 2016, the Multicultural Community Concert will be held slightly earlier on the 19th of March at the Oamaru Opera House. “We are looking forward to celebrating our strong resilient multicultural community and thank the Otago Community Trust for their support”, Treasurer Sandra Tonkin said.


Otago Community Trust Donations, February 2016


Historic Places Central Otago (HPCO)



Alexandra Senior Citizens Centre Inc



REAP - Central Otago



St Gerard's School



Jennys Companionship Group Inc



Kaikorai Valley College



Fire in Ice Outrigger Canoe Club Inc



Otago Secondary Schools Music Festival Society Inc



Pregnancy Help Incorporated



The Neurological Foundation of NZ



Dunedin Returned Services Choir



Wellington Independent Arts Trust - Letting Space



Otago Justices of the Peace Assn



The Dunedin Writers and Readers Festival Trust



Forbury Park Bowling Club



Dunedin Friend-Link Trust



University of Otago - Volunteer Centre



Dunedin Midwinter Celebrations Trust



Citizens Advice Bureau - Dunedin



Dunedin City Council - South Dunedin Cycling Project



Otago Life Education Trust



Otago Sports Car Club Inc



iD Dunedin Fashion Inc Soc



Tokomairiro Early Learning Centre



Mosgiel Piping and Dancing Society



Waitaki Multicultural Council Inc



Oamaru Multisport Club



WellSouth Primary Health Network



Southern District Health Board



TalkLink Trust



Arts On Tour NZ



Disability Information Service



Upper Clutha Historical Records Society





For further information please contact:

Chief Executive, Barbara Bridger, barbara@oct.org.nz

(03) 479 0994 Freephone: 0800 10 12 40