Local philanthropists from the Clutha Foundation have received recognition in Wellington, as the group announced it was able to provide almost $53,000 in funding to 15 recipients throughout the district.

Clutha Foundation chair Bill Thomson and administration manager Alison Ludemann accompanied donors of key endowment funds at Government House earlier this month to meet the Governor-General.

‘‘It was a truly great experience which provided great inspiration to promote the Clutha Foundation within our community,’’ Mrs Ludemann said.

‘‘We were welcomed by Her Excellency The Rt Hon Dame Cindy Kiro, Governor-General of New Zealand and Patron of Community Foundations of New Zealand. Dame Cindy had done her homework and in her welcoming address she mentioned the Baden McNab Endowment Fund, thanking Peter and Nellie McNab for setting it up after the death of their son Baden, and for the ongoing benefit it was making to their local community.

That was a very moving moment for us all.’’

The Clutha Foundation was incorporated as a charitable trust in 2018 and has quickly become highly effective at applying innovative, sustainable opportunities for people of all demographics to contribute to proven causes in their home communities.