Steady start to PO project fund­ing

Te Puke Times - - NEWS - By STU­ART WHI­TAKER

It’s been a steady rather than spec­tac­u­lar start to the crowd fund­ing cam­paign to keep Te Puke’s postal ser­vices where they are.

Last week Te Puke Cen­tre Work­ing Group launched a Pledgeme cam­paign with a tar­get of $50,000 that would then be used to buy the postal and bill pay­ing ser­vices.

The ser­vices would be run as a so­cial en­ter­prise that would sup­port an in­for­ma­tion and vis­i­tor cen­tre in the same build­ing

“We’ve done the sums and at the mo­ment, the av­er­age pledge is around $150 per per­son,” says work­ing group chair­woman Karen Sum­mer­hays.

There has also been one pledge of $1000.

“We have had lots of ver­bal en­cour­age­ment and emails say­ing ‘great job, it’s good thing to do’. It’s just a bit of a chal­lenge to con­vert that into money. But we are con­fi­dent that peo­ple will see the ben­e­fit of it.”

Karen says TECT cheques will shortly be is­sued and en­cour­ages peo­ple to con­sider a pledge for some or all of the cheques. The planned in­for­ma­tion and vis­i­tor cen­tre would not du­pli­cate ex­ist­ing ser­vices but would es­tab­lish a pro­fes­sional, neu­tral and cen­tral shared space sup­port­ing the com­mu­nity, vis­i­tors and lo­cal in­dus­tries through in­for­ma­tion, con­nec­tions and com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment.

The group has un­til Novem­ber 25 to meet its tar­get. Go to un­der Save the Te Puke Post Of­fice or come to Te Puke Times of­fice, Anann Bar, Na­tional MPs’ of­fice or Te Puke Stihl Shop to leave a form.

The Pledgeme cam­paign to keep Te Puke Post Shop in its cur­rent lo­ca­tion was launched last week.

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