New ablu­tion block funded for Camp Raukawa

Whanganui Midweek - - NEWS -

Good news for Camp Raukawa. NZCT awarded its par­ent or­gan­i­sa­tion YMCA Cen­tral $50,000 for part of a much-needed ablu­tion block up­grade for the Camp in the Kakatahi hill coun­try.

Thanks to grants, the fa­cil­ity will con­tinue pro­vid­ing a healthy and safe en­vi­ron­ment for its vis­i­tors for years to come.

Camp Host Robyn Mann has been in­volved with Camp Raukawa for the past 10 years. She says the camp has been a haven for chil­dren, church camps, fam­i­lies and busi­nesses for more than six decades. It of­fers a con­nec­tion to the land through ex­pe­ri­en­tial ac­tiv­i­ties such as hik­ing, climb­ing, swim­ming, kayak­ing, moun­tain bik­ing, a small farm pro­gramme and more.

“The ablu­tions block no longer meets the needs of the orig­i­nal con­cept of camp and is recog­nised as an area that makes a huge im­pact on the ex­pe­ri­ence cam­pers, fam­i­lies and busi­nesses have when they come to stay,” she said. Ap­pli­ca­tions were made to fund­ing bod­ies to seek sup­port for the up­grade of the ablu­tion block. With NZCT’s do­na­tion of $50,000, fund­ing has now been se­cured.

“A lo­cal builder, Kelly Kon­struct, has been se­cured for the job. We are ex­cited to move for­ward with a com­plete retrofit of the old ablu­tion block, so the camp is ready for the busy sum­mer sea­son. It’s great that we will meet the needs and ex­pec­ta­tions of clients while main­tain­ing the old-world charm which is still very much part of the Camp Raukawa phi­los­o­phy,” said Robyn.

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