Cash injection for Kuranui
Kuranui School students were delighted to receive a cheque after farmers nominated their school in the Cash for Communities initiative.
Established by PGG Wrightson and supported by Ballance Agri-nutrients, the initiative allowed farmers buying fertiliser or seed to select a school to benefit from a portion of the cost.
For every tonne bought, $2 was given to the designated school and a further $2 was given with every $500 spent.
PGG Wrightson Matamata store manager Mike Lissington presented the school with a cheque for $1120 to go towards whatever they wanted.
Kuranui School principal Jenny Clark said they are always so grateful to receive any sort of extra funding.
‘‘We would like to thank PGG Wrightson and Ballance Agri-nutrients for this very kind donation,’’ she said. ‘‘Every bit helps. This is just so great.’’ Cash for Communities was a nationwide promotion aimed at supporting schools and other charities.
About $152,000 was raised in total for rural community funding across New Zealand, achieving nearly double the $80,000 raised in 2011.
Half the funding, about $80,000 would go to rural community schools, rescue helicopters would receive $35,000 and St John more than $31,000.
Donations would also go to a number of IHC areas.
Mr Lissington said Kuranui was one of the top three Waikato schools and the highest in the Matamata area for the size of donation it received.
‘‘This is one part of my job that I absolutely love, giving back to our community, especially small country schools like Kuranui,’’ he said.