The last 12 months have been a time of strong growth for the Trust activities. It has been notable for the arrival of two families, a significant increase in fundraising ($42,264 in the 18/19 financial year) and developments to put the Trust on a more sustainable footing. We welcomed a new member of the Trust board, Alison Rowland, at the start of 2019.
During this period we saw the arrival in Palmerston North of two families whom we had assisted with funding. The first family (our third since we began) arrived in August, and was made up of 2 adults and 2 children from Afghanistan, joining family already in Palmerston North. The next family, (our fourth) travelled from Pakistan and was made up of 4 people, 2 adults and 2 children. We continue to assist one other family with accommodation costs. We spent $37,932 in family assistance in the 18/19 financial year.
In the three years we have been active we have assisted with the arrival of 15 people to Palmerston North, and have committed funds to help a further two families. We have already paid a deposit for travel for one of these families whom we expect to arrive in the next month or so.
In November we were delighted to be the recipients of a fundraiser run by Zonta Club of Manawatu, resulting in a donation of around $7000. In February we ran our Valentine’s Day Dinner and Auction, with the help of Red Cross. It was well supported by the community and raised around $5000. In March we were successful in obtaining three years worth of funding at $8,288.00 p.a. from Palmerston North City Council to employ a part time fundraiser. This is a significant development, which will allow us to help more families and put the Trust on a more sustainable footing. We have also received generous donations from the Olive Tree Trust, Catholic Charities Allocation Committee, the Thomas McCarthy Trust and members of the public. A community ceilidh was organized to raise funds for us in November. With our successful fundraising we hope to be able to allocate funding for a seventh family very soon.
Lorna Johnson Chair MRRFT