Community benefits from trust


Four groups in the Clutha district benefited from the July grants funding round of the Otago Community Trust.

The philanthropic organisation which applies its trust funds for charitable and other purposes which are of benefit to the community gave a total of $44,680 to four South Otago projects.

Rosebank Primary School – $16,880 to support the development of a fitness track.

The project is to develop a fitness track which is to be used by pupils at school, pre-schoolers at the neighbouring kindergarten and will be available to all children and families of the wider community outside school hours.

It will be a dual track with seven matching “obstacles” in each lane. It will be installed with the requisite safety matting, which will also reduce the ongoing maintenance costs, making it a safer and cleaner resource.

The track will be the first of its kind available in the community. The school acknowledges that there is concern that the physical activity levels of children continues to decrease and research shows how important physical activity is for children’s health and wellbeing. The school’s investment will provide a new and exciting way of presenting the students with the health and physical education curriculum.

Tuapeka Aquatic Centre – $20,000 to help buy gym equipment.

The Tuapeka Aquatic Centre Committee has identified a need in the community to utilise the space allocated for a community gym. The community already has regular yoga and fitness classes but feels natural progression is to incorporate gym facilities. They have identified specialised gym equipment that will help get the facility up and running for all members of the community to use.

The gym will provide a training boost for local athletes and support high school PE classes. Those on rehab programmes will also benefit without an hour’s travel involved.

Balclutha Scout Group – $7300 grant to support attendance at NZ Scout Jamboree.

The grant will provide support to the Balclutha Scout Group’s fundraising for 14 scouts and six leaders to attend the 22nd NZ Scout Jamboree at Mystery Creek, Hamilton from 28 December 2019 to 7 January 2020.

Jamboree is a life-changing event for our young scouts. Scouts will learn independence, tolerance (camping with their troop and doing daily activities ), consideration for others (being on duty patrol to cook and clean for their troop), leadership skills, teamwork and self-confidence by tackling challenges such as abseiling and extending themselves into independent young people.

Balclutha Pipe Band – $500 grant to support the Balclutha Pipe Band centennial history booklet.

The Balclutha Pipe Band turns 100 years old in 2019. To commemorate this a centennial booklet is being compiled with significant information from the past 100 years. This booklet will be available to all past and present band members. Further copies will be made available at the Hocken and Balclutha Libraries.