Waiariki to Gift $30,000 From Charity House to Local Charities

24 Feb 2016

Local charities and community groups can now apply for a share of $30,000, and it is all thanks to Waiariki Institute of Technology’s focus on delivering ‘practical, hands-on’ skills.

The sum comes from proceeds raised from the sale of the institute’s 2015 Charity House. An annual event at Waiariki, whereby carpentry, electrical and interior design students, build, wire, and stylise a modern home under expert supervision.

Backed by a variety of local tradespeople and related companies who have a passion for giving back to their community, Kevin Uncles, faculty dean of Applied Technology and Primary Industries at Waiariki believes the project ties into Waiariki’s own origins.

“Waiariki was established as a community college, and we are proud to be part of the Rotorua community.

“With the Waiariki Charity House, the region benefits from students developing industry relevant skills. These students who also gain from their association with the numerous industry partners and potential employers involved, who they meet through the course of the build.

“After the house’s auction, we are able to financially help those who are working hard within our city to make our community a better place.”

Sue Gunn, marketing and communications manager at Waiariki, echoes Kevin’s comments, stating that the Charity House builds not only future entrepreneurs and community leaders, but also provides a highly-skilled workforce.

“It’s a fantastic result and one that students, staff and all the industry partners are very proud to be associated with. The Charity House project is a win-win for students’ hands-on learning in carpentry, electrical and interior design.”

Local Rotorua community groups and charities wishing to apply for a share in the $30,000 available can find the application form online at The Rotary Club of Rotorua Sunrise Charitable Trust.

Applications close April 10TH, 2016.

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