Mayoral relief fund launched

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JOHN.COSGROVE@nullcluthaleader.co.nz

A mayoral relief fund to help community groups during the Covid-19 pandemic has been set up by Clutha Mayor Bryan Cadogan in association with New Zealand First List MP Mark Patterson, of Lawrence.

It was “crucial to have this fund established to help all our community groups whose local fundraising has stalled while their costs have soared,” Mr Cadogan said.

“A week ago all the mayors in the Otago region donated 10% of their wages to helping their communities and when I was talking with Mark Patterson, he said there were a lot of people out there looking for a conduit to give to help others.”

Mr Patterson said he was inspired by Mr Cadogan’s generosity and felt he as an MP resident in Clutha should contribute as well, because he was concerned about what was happening to local community organisations.

“It’s a sad paradox, with the massive increase in need and the very real drop-off in contributions our community organisations are struggling, so I believe that this is a great idea,” he said.

Mr Patterson is also matching the mayor’s 10% salary donation.

Mr Cadogan said there will be a group set up and assigned to the distribution of the funds.

“I appreciate that many people have been hit hard by economic events in the past few weeks and I appeal to them to search in their hearts to give to this cause.”

Those wishing to contribute can make an online payment to the Clutha Mayoral Covid Relied Fund bank account, 6-0919-00138005-00.