Charity House Confirmed For Seven More Years, As $30k Awarded To Local Charities

01 Jun 2016

Positivity and community spirit filled the air at Waiariki Bay of Plenty Polytechnic’s Mokoia Campus this morning as the record sum of $30,000 raised from the proceeds of the 2015 Charity House auction was handed over to deserving community groups at the project’s annual awards ceremony.

Thanking the efforts of the carpentry, interior design and electrical students who built the house during their respective studies, along with the sponsors who made it all possible, Kevin Uncles, dean of the Faculty of Applied Technology and Primary Industries, then proceeded to gift a rosy future to not just the charities in attendance, but the popular project itself.

“At [Waiariki] we are a strong part of our community and always will be. The Charity House project is about partnership at every level and it is paying off spectacularly.

“Due to this, we have just had confirmation from Neil Barnes, interim chief executive of Waiariki Bay of Plenty Polytechnic, that another five years have been added on to the existing Charity House agreement. That means seven more years of Charity Houses bringing practical hands-on learning to our students and seven more years of our institute giving back to our community.”

The recipients of the 2015 Charity House auction proceeds are: Western Heights Primary School, Lakes Medical Services Trust, Mokoia Community Association, Rotorua Community Menz Shed Trust, Rotorua SPCA, Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind, Ngongotaha Community Patrol, Aratika Cancer Trust, Manaaki Ora Trust, The Salvation Army Rotorua, Rotorua Citizens Advice Bureau, Alzheimers Rotorua, and Spoonful of Sugar.

“We are extremely grateful for the support we receive from the Charity House project,” says Salvation Army spokesperson Ralph Overbye. “The money that we have just received will go towards a project called Well Women which is an educational programme holistically aimed at women who have been victims of domestic violence.”

Rotorua’s SPCA walked away with a cheque for more than $3,000, which education manager Geoff Rudsdale says will be used to supply resources for a unique programme aimed at helping not animals, but rather children within our community.

“You may not know this, but we have created an education room and a Reading to Animals programme which invites students having reading difficulty to come into a relaxed, non-judgemental environment, to sit and read to animals. This money will go an awfully long way towards this, so thank you, especially to all the students involved in building this remarkable project.”

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