Streets Ahead may be saved
Streets Ahead 237 may have a future after an outpouring of generosity following last week’s fraud revelation.
The Waitangirua charity had to close earlier this year after being robbed by its former business manager, Toni Gardener.
However, since the fraud was made public, offers of funding have come thick and fast to former chief executive Wayne Poutoa and chairman Gregory Fortuin.
‘‘It’s amazing. I need to sit down. Just wow,’’ Mr Poutoa said.
Within hours of the fraud becoming public, Mr Poutoa had been invited to meet with a senior government official, and within a day had had offers of help from Maori trust Te Whare Ora, the Todd Foundation, Vodafone and New Zealand’s Jewish community, he said.
‘‘We may be able to salvage this,’’ Mr Poutoa said.
It was unlikely Mr Poutoa would run the trust again, because he and wife Jennifer were moving to Dunedin to care for their unwell son, he said.
However, it was always an intention that the community would eventually run Streets Ahead.
‘‘That was one of our dreams, for the community to take over,’’ Mr Poutoa said.