Kapi-Mana News : July 10th 2012
24 KAPI-MANA NEWS, JULY 10, 2012 NEWS Tawa - Pukerua Bay Villa Real Estate Ltd - Licensed REAA 2008 Villa proud to be a charity partner of ® $9k grant helps trust help youth ' Funding is an ongoing headache...This grant gives us confidence that we can maintain and improve our programmes over the next 12 months. ' Sam Buchanan, trust administrator A Porirua trust that helps disad- vantaged and at-risk youth learn food-growing skills has been awarded a Medibank Community Fund grant to expand its operations. The Asert-Tatou Development Trust, in partnership with Whitireia Community Polytech- nic, runs Te Rito Gardens, a train- ing and work programme where participants learn to grow organic food sustainably, build self- confidence and develop skills and knowledge for a career in horti- culture. Administrator and tutor Sam Buchanan says the trust is delighted to be one of the recipients of the Medibank fund. The $9200 grant will be used to maintain and improve pro- grammes over the next year. We plan to develop our train- ing programme and further our community outreach to raise awareness of the benefits of a good diet and the improvement in per- sonal wellbeing that comes from growing your own food, Mr Buchanan said. The trust sells organic fruit and vegetables, including its own pro- duce, at its premises in Hassell Rd, Kenepuru, and at local markets, and hopes to be self- sustaining before 2015. Mr Buchanan says Te Rito Gar- dens depends heavily on volunteers to provide extra coaching and assistance to students. This funding will allow us to provide equipment and good working conditions, and to reimburse the expenses of our volunteers. Funding is an ongoing head- ache which can make it difficult to retain the skills we need to deliver our programmes. This grant gives us confidence that we can maintain and improve our programmes over the next 12 months. The 2012 round of Medibank Community Fund Community Grants provided $60,000 of funding for New Zealand projects that make important contribu- tions to the health and wellbeing of local communities. There were two other local recipients, Holy Family School and Wesley Community Action. The latter received $22,000 for its community pantry, which works with food bank clients and other volunteers to grow vege- tables and fruit in community gardens. Holy Family School received $5000 to fund the school s break- fast club, which provides 200 healthy breakfasts for students aged 5 to 10 years. The club relies on supervision from school staff and occasional volunteer assistance from parents. Medibank Community Fund ambassador Anna Soesbergen says these grants are an invest- ment in community health. The Medibank Community Fund Community Grants pro- gramme is all about helping grassroots projects improve health at a local level. We re delighted to give a funding boost to a programme that is making such an important contribution to participants and to the Porirua community.
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