Health is boosted
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).