King Coun­try En­ergy grants $6300

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King Coun­try En­ergy (KCE) will give $6300 to be dis­trib­uted to four re­cip­i­ents of the lat­est Heartland Com­mu­nity Fund­ing round.

Four com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions in the King Coun­try will re­ceive a share to­wards their com­mu­nity ini­tia­tive, in­clud­ing Pio­pio Col­lege in the Wait­omo District.

The col­lege re­ceived fund­ing to help pay for an out­door fit­ness cir­cuit to be built on the school grounds that can be used by stu­dents and the com­mu­nity.

Pio­pio Col­lege Fund­ing Of­fi­cer Donna Pari said the sports grounds were heav­ily used by the com­mu­nity al­ready for rugby, netball and other sports.

“We did a lot of re­search early in the piece and dis­cov­ered the com­mu­nity needed a space that would en­gage youth in sport,” she says.

The cir­cuit, which is be­ing called the Fit­ness Trail Zone, is ex­pected to in­clude six to eight pieces of equipment, in­clud­ing the com­mando net be­ing funded by the Heartland grant.

“High school is a cru­cial time of growth both phys­i­cally and men­tally, so the sports equipment will be of great value to help our teens keep en­gaged,” Ms Pari says.

“We’re hop­ing the equipment will help their per­sonal well­be­ing and their aca­demic stud­ies. We’re so grate­ful to KCE for be­liev­ing in our vi­sion to en­gage youth in fit­ness,” says Pari.

The Fit­ness trail zone is stage one of a larger pro­ject to re­vamp the area to en­gage youth and the com­mu­nity in fit­ness ac­tiv­i­ties. The long-term vi­sion in­cludes resurfacing the netball courts and cre­at­ing a multi-pur­pose sports area that con­nects with the Pio­pio Com­mu­nity Recre­ation Cen­tre.

The Heartland com­mu­nity fund was es­tab­lished in 2014 to help meet the needs of the com­mu­nity. Since then, KCE has given more than 80 grants to com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions in the re­gion.

KCE Act­ing Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Chris Fin­cham is pleased the com­pany can help make a dif­fer­ence.

“We’re re­ally proud of our King Coun­try peo­ple who work tire­lessly get ini­tia­tives off the ground that will heav­ily im­pact the com­mu­nity in a sus­tain­able way.

“Every year we re­ceive hun­dreds of applications and se­lect groups for their abil­ity to con­trib­ute to a safer, health­ier, more sus­tain­able and more con­nected King Coun­try com­mu­nity,” he says.

The other Heartland fund­ing re­cip­i­ents in­clude O¯ hakune 2000 which will use the grant to fund his­tor­i­cal sign­boards along the Man­gawhero Walk­way, King Coun­try Rugby Union for de­fib­ril­la­tors in lo­cal rugby grounds and Te Waka Pu Whenua group for the light trail for the Te Hua­pae o Matariki Win­ter Fes­ti­val. The next fund­ing round opens for applications from July 1-31 with the third round in Novem­ber.

Photo / Sup­plied

Fit­ness cir­cuit to-be: Back left Pio­pio Col­lege's Deputy Head Boy Xavier Turner and Head Boy Ryan Sin­gle­ton and front left Head Girl Te Miringa Cof­fin-Bell and Deputy Head Girl Jes­sica Schrafft on the land to be de­vel­oped for the com­mu­nity Fit­ness...

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