You made it hap­pen!

South Waikato News - - OPINION / KI O¯KU NEI WHAKAARO -

Com­plet­ing a mam­moth task like a $1.5 mil­lion ex­pan­sion on a rest home is no small feat. A huge thanks must go out to the Rangiura fundrais­ing team, headed by San­dra Wal­lace. Rangiura Trust chair­man Henry Van Dyk said San­dra’s and her team ef­forts were worth a spe­cial men­tion.

“They did an out­stand­ing job, I was blown away.”

But the thanks do not stop there.

“Rangiura Trust is very grate­ful for the gen­er­ous sup­port and dona­tions re­ceived; sup­port came in ev­ery form, from vol­un­teers and grants to mon­e­tary gifts and ser­vices.

“There are peo­ple that would go and have a morn­ing tea party and raise $50 and hand it in,” Henry said.

“It didn’t mat­ter whether the do­na­tion was small or large, ev­ery dollar counted.”

In to­tal the com­mu­nity con­trib­uted more than $100,000.

The Trust also has noth­ing but praise for the South Waikato Dis­trict Coun­cil which re­ally kick started the ac­tual com­mence­ment of the project when it granted Rangiura $650,000 from the $5 eco­nomic devel­op­ment fund.

“We get no fund­ing from the gov­ern­ment at all,” said Henry “So with­out that coun­cil grant, this would not have been pos­si­ble.”

The com­mu­nity now has a “fu­ture proof” fa­cil­ity that will al­low res­i­dents to stay and re­ceive all the sup­port they need in their own com­mu­nity.

El­lie Davis and Henry Van Dyk

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