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by Rachael Comer

A $400,000 Geraldine rest-home renovation has received a healthy injection of funds from the Community Trust of Mid and South Canterbury.
Seniorcare Geraldine was granted $150,000 in the trust’s latest round of funding, which will go towards the upgrade of the Firman Wing of the Waihi Lodge rest-home.
Renovations at the rest-home were expected to begin in April, Waihi Lodge manager Kim Harris said.
The grant was an “exciting, early Christmas present”, Mrs Harris said.
“It’s a huge amount of money.
“We’re absolutely thrilled and now we can just get on with it.”
The renovation will include the upgrade of the wing’s 10 rooms.
“The rooms are small and dated and we need to have rooms with en suites, which none of them have. People want the best for their loved ones.
“The rooms are clean and warm, but they just don’t cut it anymore.”
The upgrade proposal had been in the pipeline for about 14 months, and plans had been drawn up recently.
The rest-home had received another generous donation recently, meaning it should be able to raise the rest of the funds in Geraldine, Mrs Harris said.
“Geraldine always really gets behind local projects and helps fundraise,” she said.
Waihi Lodge is a community-owned 19-bed aged-care residential facility.
The money from the Community Trust of Mid and South Canterbury was part of more than $500,000 granted by the trust in its latest round of funding. The Lake Tekapo Bright Stars Trust, which is fundraising to upgrade the Lake Tekapo Playcentre building, received $40,000 towards the project; and the Lake Tekapo Volunteer Fire Brigade received $20,000 towards “jaws of life” hydraulic rescue equipment, which can be deployed speedily by helicopter to accident and emergency incidents.
Sport Canterbury (Mid and South Canterbury) received $30,000 towards operational costs, as did both the South Canterbury Spaces and Places Plan and the Wilson Street Baptist Church in Timaru.
The K2 Youth Development Trust, Aorangi South Canterbury Golf Association, South Canterbury Citizens Advice Bureau, Plunket Society (Mid and South Canterbury) and Timaru Cadet Unit also received grants from the trust.