Cash in­jec­tion for Ku­ranui

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By KA­T­RINA LINTONBON

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.

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