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Help us rebuild the Awatere ECE Hub for our tamariki!

  • Fundraising Sign Unveiling and Presentations

      18 August 2020
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    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.

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  • Where are we at now?

      29 June 2020

    *An extensive feasibility business study was completed in 2017.

    * We have a Board of Trustees overseeing the project, we are a registered Charitable Trust;

    * The detailed building specifications have just been completed and we are preparing to take them through the consents process;

    * Occupation agreements are in the process of final stakeholder sign-off.

    * Lotteries NZ have given us a grant of $246,000 and we are working on a further application to them;

    * Other funds raised to date amount to $200,000. This includes cash, pledges and some funding from Rata Foundation;

    * We are working through scenarios to clear the building site including the removal of the existing building.

    * We need further community support to show Lotto NZ that the people are behind us! Having this ECE community owned facility, with local community owned services within.

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  • Thanks for your support so far!

      18 June 2020
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    Lets keep the momentum up! Please share this very worthy cause with your friends and colleagues. Everyone's support really helps show how our community want to see this project through to completion. It will be a fantastic asset for South Marlborough well into the future!

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