United Way charitable grants announced

The United Way charitable organisation on Thursday announced $170,000 in donations, including $80,000 from an Otago Polytechnic project, to Otago charities.

Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull handed cheques to representatives of the charitable organisations at a function at the polytechnic.

For each of the past six years, polytechnic carpentry students, under supervision, have built a Charity House on campus.

Selling those houses has since raised more than $440,000 for United Way to give to Otago charities.

The following 29 organisations received funding. - Alzheimers Society Otago; Carers' Society Otago; ChatBus Trust; Citizens' Advice Bureau; Community Networks Wanaka; Connections Trust; Corpac Trust; Cromwell Youth Worker Trust; Disability Information Service; Dunedin Community Transport Trust; Dunedin Night Shelter Trust; English Language Partners Dunedin; Enterprise Clutha Trust; Happiness House; Heartland Otago Southland Life Education Trust; ME Information and Support Service; Otago Children's Autism Support Group; Pioneer Resources and Opportunities Trust; Queenstown Lakes Family Centre; Rape Crisis Dunedin; Regeneration Trust; Sherwood Centre Charitable Trust; Southern Cross Kids Camps NZ; Te Whare Pounamu Dunedin Women's Refuge; The Brain Injury Association (Otago); The Family Network; Uruuruwhenua Health; Volunteer Otago Trust; Waiareka Youth and Ministry Trust.

- john.gibb@odt.co.nz