Groups get $70k boost

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North Otago sporting and community groups have benefited to the tune of more than $70,000 from the latest round of Otago Community Trust funding. The funding came through the trust’s regional sports funding and community donation initiatives. Both the North Otago Rugby Football Union and Sport Waitaki received $22,000, while the Columba Scout Group, Waitaki Girls’ High School and the North Otago Netball Association also received grants.
NORFU chairman Warren Prescott said the grant would be used to fund the union’s coaching programme at schools around the Waitaki district. “We are absolutely delighted we can continue our school coaching for 2016. Really, without an organisation like that we couldn’t continue on. “It’s very well received by the teaching staff and pupils from all of Waitaki’s schools.”
Sport Otago financial manager Andrew Finn said the funds would allow Sport Waitaki co-ordinator Kate Holland to continue her work in the district. “It’s quite an extensive role and covers quite a large area, so we are very appreciative of the support.”
The Columba Scout Group, established in 1937, was given $3600 to buy camping equipment, while the North Otago Netball Association received $5000 towards painting its building, repairing court seating and upgrading its interior floor surfaces.
Waitaki Girls’ High School was given $18,000 towards the cost of information and communications technology equipment for stage two of its digital device roll-out.
Otago Community Trust communications and marketing co-ordinator Mel McAtamney said pupils would be able to access the internet more freely at Waitaki Girls’, and it would become more “immediate and flexible” to the curriculum being studied if devices such as notebooks, tablets and computers on wheels could be used in all learning areas.
In total, $70,600 was donated to North Otago groups.