Central Lakes Trust and the Otago Community Trust have announced a $2.1 million funding boost to support the Wanaka Community House project for the Upper Clutha area!
Central Lakes Trust approved a $1.4 million donation at its recent November board meeting and Otago Community Trust approved a $700,000 donation towards the project.
This is fantastic news for the community house project prior to Christmas! Our fundraising committee is going into overdrive planning fundraising activities that will kick off in the New Year.
We wish you all a happy, restful and safe Christmas.
This will be a fantastic asset for the Upper Clutha community,” says Bernie Lepper, deputy chair of Central Lakes Trust and chairperson of Alexandra Community House Trust.
Central Lakes Trust provided support to the Alexandra Community House for their project back in 2010 - 2012, and have witnessed what a huge success this has been in increasing accessibility to information and services.
“Having multiple social services under one roof has efficiencies in operational resources, and creates a much more productive and collaborative environment for those working and attending the house,” she says.
Newly appointed CEO of Central Lakes Trust, Susan Finlay is in full agreement with Bernie. “With growth in any district comes challenges to meet the demands of that growth. Wanaka is in need of this facility, many social services come in from outside the region and having this community house as a hub will be very beneficial for the community members accessing and utilising the facility.
“We look forward to the Wanaka community getting behind the project and making the house a reality,” she says.
“This funding means a great deal to us and to the people of the Upper Clutha”, Wanaka Community House Charitable Trust chairwoman Dame Sukhi Turner said.
“It is a tremendous boost to the community. We are delighted to be a step closer to our vision of offering a space where like-minded agencies and services can come together under one roof to build a strong connected community and work together to enhance community wellbeing”.