Health is boosted

$500,000 given

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS -

More than half a mil­lion dol­lars has been given to as­sist the oper­a­tion of health and wel­fare or­gan­i­sa­tions in Cen­tral Otago.

The Cen­tral Lakes Trust ap­proved 28 grants to­tal­ing $546,918 of which 21 were op­er­a­tional grants in their lat­est fund­ing round.

Trust chief ex­ec­u­tive Paul Al­li­son said more than $1 mil­lion to over 40 so­cial ser­vice and wel­fare agencies each year to en­able these ser­vices to meet the in­creas­ing pop­u­la­tion needs of the re­gion.

These grants in­cluded $10,000 to sup­port the Cen­tral Otago Com­pas­sion­ate Friends Co­or­di­na­tor’s role – as­sist­ing be­reaved par­ents and their fam­i­lies with deal­ing with grief fol­low­ing the death of a child.

Age Con­cern South­land re­ceived $15,000 to help con­tinue sup­port the el­derly in the Queen­stown area by im­prov­ing knowl­edge, health and re­duc­ing isolation.

Dis­abil­i­ties Re­source Cen­tre Queen­stown re­ceived $25,000 to­wards its lease. The Cen­tre helps people with dis­abil­i­ties through the pro­vi­sion of in­for­ma­tion and re­sources.

The Cen­tral Lakes Eques­trian Club re­ceived a grant of $17,000 to­wards a new trac­tor and mower. Its ex­ist­ing trac­tor is 40 years old.

Queen­stown Child­care Cen­tre re­ceived $13,000 to paint the in­te­rior of the Cen­tre.

The trust also con­tin­ued its de­fib­ril­la­tor ini­tia­tive, sup­port­ing up to 50 per cent of the costs up to $3,000. This month it sup­ported de­fib­ril­la­tors at Hawea Flat School ($2,216) and Wakatipu Se­nior Cit­i­zens As­so­ci­a­tion ($1,639).

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