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The $50,525.95 was distributed to 45 particularly worthy organisations within the Otago community, with many others also applying for funding.
Among the successful applicants in the November round were Presbyterian Support Otago, Dunedin Women's Refuge, Macandrew Bay Primary School, SeniorNet Otago, the Dunedin Fringe Arts Trust, and the Dunedin Symphony Orchestra. Many other charities, schools, sports clubs, community groups, and trusts also received funds.
The Dunedin Casinos Charitable Trust was established in 2000 to distribute funds, and in the years since, local organisations have been benefited by more than $2.5 million.
“It is always great to see organisations that have such a huge impact on people in the community receiving funds through the Trust,” Dunedin Casinos Charitable Trust Chair Stan Rodger said. “It's a tough job for volunteers to constantly be raising funds and keep the wheels turning, so we are privileged to be part of that.”
The Dunedin Casinos Charitable Trust is managed by Polson Higgs, Chartered Accountant and Business Advisors.
Funding rounds are held each May and November, with each making a significant contribution to the local community.
Family Works food bank. Family Works a Presbyterian Support service, manages an emergency foodbank in Dunedin at 407 Moray Place, open Monday to Friday, 8.30am - 5pm. It is one of three food bank providers in Dunedin, giving out 70-80 emergency food parcels most weeks, feeding the recipients for two to three days. The food bank operates because of the generosity of the community and individuals who make donations. Family Works also provides social work, counselling, budgeting services, and runs a number of group programmes in the city.