$16,000 in­jected into com­mu­nity projects

Waikato News - - MUSIC -

Eight Waikato groups have been given do­na­tions to­talling $16,097 as part of the Mazda Foun­da­tion’s lat­est fund­ing round.

A range of arts, ed­u­ca­tion and en­vi­ron­men­tal projects have ben­e­fited, in­clud­ing Hamil­ton North School which cares for stu­dents with spe­cial needs.

Three en­vi­ron­men­tal projects in the Waikato also ben­e­fited, in­clud­ing the Man­gaiti Gully Restora­tion Trust, which re­ceived $4200 for pest erad­i­ca­tion.

“Erad­i­cat­ing rats is a cru­cial part of our aim to achieve a healthy pop­u­la­tion of indige­nous bio­di­ver­sity,” says Rex Bushell, trustee and restora­tion co­or­di­na­tor.

The Maun­gatau­rari Eco­log­i­cal Is­land Trust re­ceived $2941.50 to buy chain­saw equip­ment for its tree main­te­nance pro­gramme at Sanc­tu­ary Moun­tain and the Waikato River Trails Trust re­ceived $2420 for heavy duty gar­den­ing equip­ment to clear ar­eas cov­ered in weeds for re­plant­ing.

Am­a­teur dra­matic so­ci­ety Cam­bridge Reper­tory So­ci­ety In­cor­po­rated re­ceived $636.65 to buy smoke ma­chines and the chil­dren at Cen­tral Kids Ngatea Kinder­garten can con­tinue to ex­plore and learn in na­ture dur­ing the win­ter months, af­ter re­ceiv­ing $590 to buy wet weather gear.

Al­most $118,000 was do­nated to 40 re­cip­i­ents across New Zealand this round — mak­ing it the foun­da­tion’s largest fund­ing round to date.

Each year the Mazda Foun­da­tion hosts three fund­ing rounds to help Ki­wis in need, hav­ing gifted over $3 mil­lion to the com­mu­nity.

Manag­ing di­rec­tor of Mazda New Zealand and chair­man of the Mazda Foun­da­tion, David Hodge, says Mazda is proud of its con­tin­u­ous sup­port of Ki­wis, com­mu­ni­ties and char­i­ties across the coun­try.

“There are thou­sands of in­cred­i­ble causes across New Zealand, and we’re proud of the work the Mazda Foun­da­tion does to sup­port some of the car­ing Ki­wis that are do­ing com­mend­able work for our en­vi­ron­ment, our com­mu­nity and peo­ple in need.”

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Cen­tral Kids Ngatea Kinder­garten.

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Man­gaiti Gully Restora­tion Trust.

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Waikato River Trails Trust.

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Cam­bridge Reper­tory So­ci­ety In­cor­po­rated.

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