Trust takes to the web

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION/NEWS - By HENRY SMITH

These are ex­cit­ing times at the Porirua Com­mu­nity Trust as we launch our new web­site and so­cial me­dia pres­ence, all aimed at con­nect­ing and com­mu­ni­cat­ing bet­ter with our lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties.

It’s a work in progress, but we have launched – check us out at poriru­com­mu­ni­tytrust. org. nz – pri­mar­ily so that we can en­cour­age, for the first time, on­line nom­i­na­tions for the Porirua Sports Awards.

If there is some­one you or your club would like to nom­i­nate don’t hes­i­tate, do it now!

Nom­i­na­tions will be ac­cepted all year round, with de­ci­sions on fi­nal­ists made in Septem­ber.

The 2014 awards evening will be held on Novem­ber 13 at Te Rau­paraha Arena.

We are de­lighted this year to be work­ing closely with our lo­cal news­pa­per, Kapi-Mana News, as a part­ner for this year’s sports awards.

You will hear more about the awards, more about the nom­i­na­tions and more great sto­ries through the news­pa­per and our web­site.

In our lat­est Mana Com­mu­nity Grants Foun­da­tion round we dis­trib­uted $ 337,000 to 45 lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tions, sup­port­ing many sports clubs, per­form­ing arts and so­cial clubs, as well as wel­fare or­gan­i­sa­tions from food banks to those who care for the most vul­ner­a­ble.

Through Trust Porirua we re­cently awarded 10 ter­tiary scholarships to trades­peo­ple at Whi­tireia Polytech­nic, in­clud­ing elec­tri­cal and auto en­gi­neer­ing and car­pen­try cer­tifi­cates.

It’s sat­is­fy­ing to see and to hear the sto­ries of con­tri­bu­tions that are re­ally mak­ing a dif­fer­ence ( you can read some of these sto­ries on our new web­site with more be­ing added over time).

We’ve also been as­sess­ing our plans for the com­ing three years.

In­creas­ing gam­ing rev­enue is chal­leng­ing in the cur­rent en­vi­ron­ment, but we re­main com­mit­ted to en­sur­ing we in­crease the amount of money that is chan­nelled back into the com­mu­nity.

While we do not sup­port more gam­ing ma­chines in Porirua City, what we do sup­port is that the money re­turns to the source and is used to min­imise gam­bling harm.

We would like to keep in touch so please ‘‘like’’ our new face­book page ‘‘Porirua Com­mu­nity Trust’’ and browse our web­site.

Henry Smith is chair­man of Porirua Com­mu­nity Trust.

Im­pres­sive work: The com­pleted sec­tion of Te Ara Piko Path­way.

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