Fund­ing boost for the Tawa Plun­ket

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A new Plun­ket fa­cil­ity for fam­i­lies in Tawa and Linden is one step closer, with Plun­ket re­ceiv­ing a $5000 grant from Hutt Mana Char­i­ta­ble Trust to­wards its project to re­place the ag­ing Plun­ket rooms at Linden Av­enue with a new build­ing.

‘‘ We’re de­lighted to re­ceive this grant – we’ve been fundrais­ing for many years, and we’re now very close to reach­ing the tar­get of $300,000 thanks to the gen­eros­ity of fun­ders like Hutt Mana Char­i­ta­ble Trust and the lo­cal com­mu­nity,’’ said Plun­ket vol­un­teer and Tawa res­i­dent Tina Els­don.

The grant will help Plun­ket pay for the win­dows and doors in its new build­ing.

Once up and run­ning, the fa­cil­ity will bring to­gether all Plun­ket’s ser­vices un­der one roof, in­clud­ing the toy li­brary, now lo­cated in Ox­ford St.

Els­don said the re­build was es­sen­tial, be­cause the cur­rent build­ing was sink­ing and of­ten flooded, lead­ing to is­sues with damp.

‘‘ The build­ing has served many gen­er­a­tions of fam­i­lies, but it is very old and no longer fit for pur­pose. We are look­ing for­ward to pro­vid­ing lo­cal fam­i­lies and chil­dren with a new, dry, spa­cious fa­cil­ity.’’

Con­struc­tion work is planned to start early next year, when build­ing stu­dents at Whi­tirea will take on the project.

‘‘ It’s a great part­ner­ship be­cause it keeps our costs down, and gives stu­dents at Whi­tireia a re­ally fun, worth­while project to work on when learn­ing their trade,’’ she said.

Along with pro­vid­ing $5000 for the re­build, the Hutt Mana Char­i­ta­ble Trust has also con­trib­uted $6000 to­wards Plun­ket staff costs in the Hutt Val­ley, Porirua and Johnsonville.

Another $35,000 is needed for Plun­ket to reach its fundrais­ing tar­get for the build­ing. About 1700 fam­i­lies use Tawa-Linden Plun­ket ser­vices.

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