Age Concern given $15,000
Age Concern Otago and the Otago Country Cricket Association are the major winners in the September round of grants from the Central Lakes Trust.
The trust announced grants totalling $50,643, with Age Concern’s Central Otago social services receiving a boost of $15,000 and the association receiving $12,308 towards two new artificial cricket pitches in Cromwell.
Age Concern’s grant covers the co-ordinator’s salary and operating costs for programmes addressing elder abuse and neglect, active ageing activities, visitor services, Senior Chef courses and driver education.
The service supports 185 clients in the region.
The cricket pitches would be developed at Cromwell Primary School and Goldfields Primary School and should reduce pres- sure on grounds and boost the junior ranks of the sport throughout Central Otago, association youth cricket chairman Graeme Buttar said.