Ten years of de­liv­er­ing sil­ver lin­ings

Franklin County News - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - JULIE KAIO

A home-grown char­ity cre­ated by lo­cals for lo­cals fac­ing times of strife and strug­gle is this month cel­e­brat­ing its 10th year.

In March 2008, the Franklin Sil­ver Lin­ing Trust was for­mally launched, and since then has helped bring a lit­tle re­lief and time out - a ‘sil­ver lin­ing’ to hun­dreds in our com­mu­ni­ties do­ing it tough.

Money raised and do­na­tions and be­quests col­lected over the past 10 years have en­abled the trust to pro­vide spe­cial get­aways and grant wishes to fam­i­lies fac­ing ad­ver­sity.

This may be the re­sult of an ac­ci­dent, be­reave­ment or med­i­cal con­di­tion re­quir­ing on­go­ing treat­ment.

Sil­ver lin­ings have been, and can be, any­thing from a week­end away, a spa treat­ment, a fam­ily pho­to­shoot, a su­per­car driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, chop­per ride and more.

Trust founder and cur­rent com­mit­tee mem­ber Megan Van Lieshout said the char­ity had its be­gin­nings at her for­mer busi­ness Pure In­dul­gence,

Through her work as a masseuse and a beauty ther­a­pist, she learned of clients’ per­sonal struggles.

‘‘What I started to see was that it wasn’t just the per­son who was go­ing through it all, it was their fam­ily mem­bers as well - the hus­bands and wives and part­ners driv­ing down the mo­tor­way every day for chemo, dial­y­sis . . . it’s not just for the suf­ferer.

‘‘The trust was set up for the care­givers and fam­ily mem­bers of the per­son be­cause so of­ten it’s them who need the break.’’

Van Lieshout said the trust’s suc­cess and longevity was cred­ited to en­thu­si­as­tic and gen­er­ous com­mu­nity and busi- ness sup­port, and prof­itable (and fun) fundrais­ing events, rang­ing from for­mal balls and din­ners to auc­tions and sales to themed func­tions.

She said the trust was truly in­debted to the Franklin com­mu­nity for dig­ging deep to show their sup­port dur­ing the past 10 years.

Trust event high­lights since 2008 in­clude the St Pa­trick’s Day func­tion, the trust’s de­but event - which raised an in­cred­i­ble $50,000; a food­ies evening with chef Michael Van de Elzen; the An­zac Ball; a Night of In­spi­ra­tion where six in­spi­ra­tional lo­cals shared their sto­ries of tri­umph over ad­ver­sity; a room ram­ble; the Nick McNa­mara Trib­ute Din­ner and Rugby Ball and a mon­ster garage sale.

The lat­est Franklin Sil­ver Lin­ing Trust fundraiser is next month’s Op Shop Ball - a chance for bar­gain lovers, sec­ond-hand en­thu­si­asts and cre­atives to put to­gether an in­cred­i­ble thrift shop out­fit to wear to the event.

The event is on April 14 at the Puke­oware Hall. Doors open at 6pm, din­ner at 7.30pm with band to fol­low. Bar and raf­fles avail­able. Tickets are $75 each, with ta­bles of eight. Con­tact Jude on 021 260 3252.

*See franklin­sil­ver­lin­ingtrust.co.nz

The cur­rent com­mit­tee of the Franklin Sil­ver Lin­ing Trust.

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