The Wānaka Skate Club celebrated their 25th anniversary at the end of last month, and took the opportunity to fundraise for the community. The club was able to raise $2,000 throughout multiple events over their anniversary weekend. Club founder Olly Burke said that the funds raised will be going back into the community, “we were able to donate $800 to the Wānaka Mental Health Peer Support Group as these services are valuable in our community and they need all the help they can get.”
He added that, “the funds raised by the club will go towards the urgent repair of the old skate bowl in the skate park, which has fallen into disrepair and requires ongoing maintenance... The club will also continue to raise support and funds to complete the desperately needed stage three of the skate park to allow more space on the street area as overcrowding and safety is an issue.”
There were a number of highlights throughout the anniversary weekend, one of which being the art evening held at Rhyme and Reason Brewery organised by club presidents Wayne Pretty and Tom Peden. The club also organised a tour of Upper Clutha skate locations for local enthusiasts. A tour bus took the participants to three different locations, and it was a hit.
Burke is very grateful to locals for their support of the club since its founding when he was head boy of Mount Aspiring College. “Since the club’s founding their have been many people and local businesses helping fundraise and lead the club through many eras. People like Calum Macloud, Eddie Spearing, the late Sam Hudson, Wayne Pretty, and many many more,” said Burke.
The club is looking forward to working with the community more in the future and helping to provide facilities for skateboarding, now an Olympic sport.