Cash for cancer and comedians

Brendan Dooley was a recipient of a Central Lakes Trust grant as part of ‘Arts of Tour’. He will be performing in Hāwea on March 5.

The new Central Lakes Trust board met for their first grants meeting since elections were held late last year. 

“Less grant applications over the summer period have conveniently allowed the trust to ease our new trustees into their governance roles. The trust approved $184,632 in this funding round,” says Trust Chair, Linda Robertson. 

The trust also announced the appointment of Deputy Chair, Hetty Van Hale from Wānaka. 

Van Hale replaces Bernice Lepper, who was mandated to retire from the trust late last year. “Hetty was appointed to the trust in late 2018, and has a strong governance background bringing a wealth of experience to the role,” Robertson said. 

Amongst grants approved was the Southland and Otago branch of the Cancer Society of NZ

who received $66,000 towards supporting those from our district diagnosed with cancer, as well as cancer-prevention activities. “A good portion of that money ensures patients and their

families from our region can stay free-of-charge in Dunedin’s Daffodil House while receiving

treatment. Known as a home away from home, this service is so important for our district,” Chief Executive, Susan Finlay says.

Funding of $23,000 was awarded to Central Lakes Breastfeeding Charitable Trust which assists families by providing free lactation consultant support, advice and advocacy for breastfeeding mothers in the Central Lakes District.

Arts On Tour which plays at 60 venues around the country, from 40 to 400-seat theatres again receives funding ensuring performing artists are seen in the Central Lakes region.

The tour focuses its programme on rural and remote communities, providing opportunities for these communities to access quality performances. “The upcoming artist is Brendan Dooley, who tours in early March in Cromwell, Arrowtown, Roxburgh, Alexandra and Lake Hāwea. Dooley will be performing at the Lake Hāwea Community Centre, Thursday March 5 at 4pm; ‘Mayhem! Ultimate Kids’ Show’ (suitable for children aged 5 – 14); and 7.30pm ‘Cheeky, Quirky and Classy – Ultimate Family Friendly Show’ (suitable for children aged 8+ and their parents).


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