$60,000 in grants given to health organisations

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The Aoraki Foundation has granted nearly $60,000 from the South Canterbury Health Endowment Fund to local organisations this year.

The goal of the fund is to improve the health mental and social communities of Aoraki/South Canterbury.

Governed by a subcommittee of the Aoraki Foundation, the fund distributes grants to charitable worthy causes twice a year. The health endowment committee is comprised of trustees from the Aoraki Foundation and South Canterbury District Health Board and members of the community with experience in the health industry.

In the latest round, the fund approved grants totalling $57,914.88 to 11 organisations.

  • Centrecare Counselling Waimate, $10,000 towards counselling services in Waimate.
  • Cholmondeley Children’s Centre, $4890 towards respite care for South Canterbury children.
  • The Stroke Foundation of NZ, $2850 towards its services in South Canterbury.
  • YMCA SC, $10,000 towards its Resiliency Toolkit Programme.
  • The Gloriavale Leavers’ Support Trust, $2500 to run wellbeing courses and provide resources for Gloriavale leavers in our region.
  • Alzheimer’s South Canterbury, $5000 for support group services in isolated areas.
  • Anglican Care South Canterbury, $3699.88 towards its Peer Support Programme (Oceans), which supports children, youth and adults who have experienced loss in their life.
  • South Canterbury Hospice, $6000 to help buy a portable ultrasound image probe.
  • The Cancer Society of NZ, Canterbury-West Coast, $5500 for patient counselling and information publications.
  • The Mackenzie Community Enhancement Board, $7000 to support the delivery of mental health promotion activities across the Twizel, Fairlie and Lake Tekapo regions.
  • CCS Disability Action South Canterbury Inc, $475 for swimming lessons for people being supported by CCS.

Since 2016, the South Canterbury Health Endowment Fund has distributed $213,000 to the community.

Income from the South Canterbury Health Endowment Fund is distributed twice yearly and the next round will open in September.