Campaigners extend deadline for PO services pledges
Campaigners crowdfunding to keep Te Puke’s postal services where they are, are extending the time people have to get behind their cause.
In October, Te Puke Centre Working Group announced its intention to become the operator of postal and bill-paying services in Te Puke.
If it is successful, the Post Shop would remain in its Jellicoe St location and the space would also house an information and visitor centre.
Early in November, the group launched a Pledgeme page as the first step in making the idea a reality.
Setting a target of $50,000 the initial deadline for pledges was November 25.
By last Tuesday, almost $22,500 had been pledged and working group chairwoman Karen Summerhays says support for the group’s plan is growing.
That has led the group to decide to extend the deadline for pledges until December 6.
“The momentum’s really building now — we had a couple of big pledges [on Tuesday] and we are really appreciative of the support we are getting.”
Group members are spreading the word on social media and Karen says there was a good response at last weekend’s community market.
“I think people are now going ‘oh yes, this is quite a good idea’.”
Go to www.pledgeme.co.nz under Save the Te Puke Post Office or go to the Te Puke Times office, Anann Bar, National MPS’ office or Te Puke Stihl Shop to leave a pledge form. Money is not being requested at this stage and pledges will only be called in if the target is reached.
The planned information and visitor centre would establish a professional, neutral and central shared space supporting the community, visitors and local industries.