More dol­lars for lo­cal char­i­ties


‘‘...we try to do the best we can with what we have.’’

In a fi­nan­cial boost, Wairarapa char­i­ties re­ceived over half a mil­lion dol­lars in com­mu­nity grants from a lead­ing char­i­ta­ble trust this year.

In the year end­ing March 31, the East­ern & Cen­tral Com­mu­nity Trust dis­trib­uted $657,000 to 60 or­gan­i­sa­tions through­out Wairarapa.

At the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s an­nual pub­lic meet­ing, held in Carter­ton, chair Ge­off Mil­ner said the who re­ceived fund­ing were just the tip of the ice­berg in terms of ap­pli­ca­tions.

‘‘We al­ways re­ceive more ap­pli­ca­tions than we have money for, so we try to do the best we can with what we have,’’ he said.

‘‘For­tu­nately, this year, de­spite the global in­sta­bil­ity, we’ve been able to grow our in­vest­ments, so we can con­tinue to as­sist or­gan­i­sa­tions across our re­gion to help build stronger, more sus­tain­able com­mu­ni­ties at sim­i­lar lev­els to pre­vi­ous years.’’

Ac­cord­ing to East­ern & Cen­tral’s web­site the big­gest ben­e­fi­ciary was the Bring it to Colombo Trust, which re­ceived $175,000 to up­grade Colombo Road’s netball fa­cil­ity.

$30,000 went to the Welling­ton Glid­ing Club, $35,000 to the Wairarapa Ru­ral Fire Dis­trict and $40,000 to Nga¯i Tu¯mapu¯hiaa¯-Rangi ki Mo­tuwairaka Inc.

Mil­ner said the trust had held meet­ings across the re­gion to help de­cide where to best place its grants.

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