We need your help to raise the funds to build this purpose built ECE hub. We need to keep our children cared for locally.
Can you help us? The earthquakes of 2013 and 2016 severely damaged our Early Childhood facilities to the extent that one building has been demolished and the other two are uninsurable and non-sustainable.
We need your support for our fundraising campaign in order to build a multi-purpose, community owned and operated Early Childhood Educational centre. The new building will be home for the Awatere Playcentre, Awatere Early Learning Centre and Awatere Flaxbourne Plunket. Education, health, whanau care and support will be provided by these different services under one roof. Local early childhood care providers will be able to continue within the district, supporting local families and the wider economic community. These services are essential for the physical, social and economic wellbeing of South Marlborough - from the Dashwoods in the east to Kekerengu in the south, from the sea to the mountains.
The project commenced during 2017 following the significant earthquake damage caused from multiple events. After the exploration of many recovery options, we now have modern building plans drawn up and a community trust overseeing the building's development. This 2.1 million dollar project now has only a few hundred thousand to go and will support the community for many decades to come.
Your donation will make a big difference in the support the community can provide to the project and get us over the line to success!
To establish and operate a building facility for the use and benefit of the community of South Marlborough, with a focus on the education and health of young children.
Funds raised from this page will go directly to the Awatere Early Childhood (ECE) Trust to build and fit out this modern building facility.
Fundraising Sign Unveiling and Presentations 18 August 2020
The weather was kind and there was a great turnout for the Awatere Early Childhood Education Hub Sign Unveiling and Presentation at The Station green.
Our major community sponsors and donors were recognised with a morning tea followed by speeches from Olivia Doonan and Trust Chairman Phil Muir. Our youngsters who will benefit significantly from the new hub were on hand to unveil the sign and cut the ribbon. The graphic on the sign will track how fundraising is progressing and will be updated as funds come to hand. Our sponsors went away with certificates and the vibe amongst guests was very positive.
To date we have raised a little under $500k with $250k from Lotteries and $250k from the Community including $60k from the Rata Foundation. The community is an important part of this project and we value the support of every organisation and individual that has contributed.
The hub will cost close to $2.4 million and is to be built next to Seddon Primary School on Ministry of Education land. With a positive response from Lotteries and a successful extended community support campaign, we hope to start work on the hub early next year. We have a Grant Application into Lotteries for $1.3 million and a Community Funding programme ready to roll out as soon as the Grant application is approved. The build will not start until we have raised the money.
Thank you very much for your kind donation!
Thank you for your support!
Thanks so much Pippa, it will really help us!
Super Toby! Yes we really do need a new building! Thanks for your support!!
You're awesome Irene! It is a super cause that will benefit our community tamariki for many years to come. Lets get this building up!