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Service recognised . . . UnitedWay chief executive Teresa Moore (far right) was on hand to present certificates and grants to Timaru organisation representatives (from left) Victim Support's Kelly Katene, Parkinson's South Canterbury Sally Johnston and Kay Beatson, Robyn Baldwin of Senior Citizens and Heather Woolstencroft from the SC Women's Wellness Centre. PHOTO: GRETA YEOMAN

by Greta Yeoman

Four Timaru groups have received a total of $22,000 in grants from a national philanthropic organisation.

The New Zealand branch of international philanthropic organisation United Way presented the groups with certificates of thanks at a celebratory meeting at Community House on Thursday last week.

The $22,000 was split between the South Canterbury branches of Victim Support, Senior Citizens and Parkinson’s, as well as the SC Women’s Wellness Centre.

The Timaru meeting was attended by United Way’s New Zealand chief executive Teresa Moore, who made a special trip to Timaru for the event.

She presented other Canterbury organisations with celebratory certificates at an event in Christchurch.

Ms Moore said she had been involved with charities in the past so knew how difficult the balance between hands-on work with promotion and fundraising was.

“So I know what it’s like.”

She thanked the four groups for the wide variety of work they took part in across South Canterbury, including advocacy, social activities, counselling and educating people.

“I’d really like to thank you all for the work you do in the community.”