Crowd­fund­ing for trust a suc­cess

Hamilton News - - NEWS -

Al­most 600 peo­ple have pledged to Rauawaawa Kauma¯ tua Char­i­ta­ble Trust’s (RKCT) crowd­fund­ing cam­paign, which has suc­cess­fully reached its $100,000 tar­get.

The Hamil­ton or­gan­i­sa­tion raised $103,000 from 582 pledgers when its Pledgeme cam­paign closed at 9pm on Sun­day.

RKCT pro­vides a range of health, so­cial, ed­u­ca­tional, cul­tural, recre­ational, hous­ing and trans­port sup­port ser­vices to kauma¯ tua.

RKCT chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Rangima­hora Reddy says she would love to give a huge mihi to ev­ery­body who pledged or shared the Pledgeme cam­paign over the past month.

“It’s be­cause of their gen­eros­ity and ef­forts we’re able to get Stage 1 of our fa­cil­ity ren­o­va­tion un­der way. While the en­tire stage will cost $800,000, we’ll be able to cre­ate bet­ter bath­rooms for our kauma¯ tua with the money we’ve raised so far.”

Mrs Reddy said Pledgeme had pro­vided a ma­jor re­al­i­sa­tion on how RKCT is per­ceived both lo­cally and na­tion­ally.

“It’s shown us the com­mu­nity cares about what we care about, and it’s re­ally nice to know there’s such a lot of sup­port out there for both kauma¯ tua ini­tia­tives and Rauawaawa as an or­gan­i­sa­tion.”

Photo / Sup­plied

RKCT trus­tees (from left) Hoki and Owen Pur­cell, and CEO Rangima­hora Reddy.

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