Trust provides joy to resthome residents
The Central Lakes Trust has spent more than $100,000 in the past seven years on goldfish for rest homes, a project said to bring ‘‘much delight to the lives of residents’’. Trust chief executive Paul Allison said the programme was initiated by the trust in 2007 and there are now eight aquaria based in seven rest homes across the district. The aquaria are supplied and maintained monthly by Alexandra-based company Live Environments Otago Ltd at a total cost of $15,456 a year (an increase from $15,120 until 2010). ‘‘The feedback we’ve had has been highly positive and it’s been very successful,’’ Mr Allison said. Ranui Home and Hospital manager Mavis Thornton said the fish were much loved at the Alexandra-based home. ‘‘It’s the movement, it’s the colour, it’s the tranquility of fish,’’ she said. Residents enjoyed them as much as visiting families and children and they were a great talking point. The company of the people who cleaned the tanks and replaced deceased fish was also beneficial. Lake Wakatipu Home and Hospital clinical manager Michelle Hayden said all residents and visitors loved the fish, which were kept in the reception area. However, one lady in particular with bad eyesight, got a lot of joy from them. ‘‘She doesn’t interact a lot in activities but spends a lot of time enjoying those fish.’’ The aquarium was a feature that brightened up the area and most people stopped to have a look at the fish on their way past, she said. ‘‘We all keep a watchful eve to see if any are sinking to the bottom.’’ The trust, which has an investment portfolio of $180 million, gave away $5m in grants in the last year to March 31. Other trust-initiated programmes have included an annual $100,000 Central Lakes Arts Support Scheme, the tertiary education scholarship which has been increased to $100,000 for this financial year and a $430,000 contestable fund to fund projects celebrating the 150th anniversary of the discovery of gold in the region.
Restful: Goldfish funded by Central Lakes Trust are much loved at rest homes through the district.