An Otago Community Trust grant has boosted fundraising
efforts for the Alexandra Child Care Centre renovation, as
part of $143,450 given to 37 Otago organisations last month.
Building committee chairwoman Fiona King said she was
thrilled with the $26,000 to assist with the cost of
extending the facility.
The centre catered for 22 children up to the age of 5, and
raising $262,000 for the project had been a big job for the
40 families involved, she said.
''This grant has meant we can now begin the approval process,
hopefully in time to start building in January.''
The centre would receive a large new addition, major
refurbishment of the kitchen and bathroom, a new office, and
renovations of the playing and eating areas, including new
It was hoped the work would be completed by Easter.
In total, the trust gave $143,450 to 37 Otago organisations
The trust gave $10,000 to the Malcam Charitable Trust
Foundation to assist with the Inzone Careers National tour of
the Otago schools, which is part of a national roadshow.
The foundation is working with Inzone Experience Ltd towards
reducing youth unemployment in New Zealand through work,
training or further education.
The Inzone Careers National tour is a mobile unit with touch
screen kiosks and state-of-the-art technology providing
visual presentations of up to five minutes on career options
that give viewers the opportunity to make informed and
practical decisions. This will help school pupils and job
seekers alike more easily identify their course of action for
future employment, education or training goals.
It's planned to take the unit to as many secondary and
intermediate schools as possible, with a particular focus on
rural New Zealand, as well as working with specific events
and groups. It's hoped the unit can service around 100,000
visits a year.
Foundation spokeswoman Michelle Ellwood said the Community
Trust donation would be used to support the tour around
Otago, so the region's young people would benefit.
Careers information was just one of the tools provided by
Malcam to provide young people with knowledge and skills
through positive learning experiences.
''Our aim to achieve sustainable livelihoods, enabling young
people to become contributing members of their community.''
The Community Trust supported a range of other community
projects over the month, including the Otago Royal NZ
Foundation of the Blind which received $10,000 for buying
more digital talking books to add to its library.
The Oamaru Victorian Heritage Celebrations Committee also
received $10,000 towards staging heritage celebrations next
Other trust donations for September were. -Alexandra:
Alexandra Pipe Band Inc $1000; Alexandra and Districts Youth
Balclutha: Clinton Community Squash Club $3000; Balclutha
Golf Club Inc $6000.
Dunedin: Lovelock Environment Society Inc $500; Otago
University Students' Association - Queer Support $500;
Dunedin Parents Centre Inc $500; West Harbour Arts Charitable
Trust $750; Rotary Park Kindergarten $1000; Nga Whitiki
Whanau Ahuru Mowai o Aotearoa $1000; Acts of Kindness
Charitable Trust $1500; Connections Education and Development
Trust $1500; Bradford Primary School $3000; Otago Diabetes
Research Trust $3000; Dunedin Youth Orchestra Inc $4000;
Dunedin North Intermediate School $4500; Southern Heritage
Trust $5000; Dunedin Gasworks Museum Trust $5000; University
of Otago $5000; Dunedin Opera Co Inc t/a Opera Otago $7500;
The Malcam Charitable Trust Foundation $10,000.
Milton: Tokomairiro Historical Society Inc $500; Hart's
Daffodil Charitable Trust $1000.
Oamaru: Oamaru Intermediate School $300; Oamaru Tap Dancing
Assn $750; NZ Oamaru Living Stone Art Inc $2500; Awamoa
Gardens Croquet Club $4500; North Otago Pony Club Inc $5000;
Lower Waitaki Golf Club $6000; Oamaru Victorian Heritage
Celebrations Committee $10,000.
Otago: Royal NZ Foundation of the Blind $10,000.
Ranfurly: Naesby Vision Incorporated Society $2500.
Waikouaiti and Palmerston: Big Steps Educare $400; Waikouaiti
Wanaka: Wanaka Rodeo Club Inc $750; Queenstown Lakes District
Council - Summerdaze festival $5000.