Endowment fund grants made

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Grants well received... Representatives of groups to receive money in the latest allocation by the South Canterbury Health Endowment Fund gather at Community House in Timaru recently. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

by Alexia Johnston

A range projects in South Canterbury are getting a cash injection.
More than $34,000 has been allocated to 13 groups in the latest distribution of funds by the South Canterbury Health Endowment Fund.
Among those to benefit was Alzheimer’s South Canterbury, which received $3500 for community programmes to keep people with Alzheimer’s active and engaged socially.
Arowhenua Whanau Services also received $500 in order to provide 60 free influenza vaccinations, while Caroline House received $2280 for clinical supervision.
CCS Disability South Canterbury received the largest grant of $6150. It will use the money to help develop emergency and safety plans.
Lister Home received $2815 for a specialised mattress to benefit palliative care patients.
Mackenzie College, South Canterbury Hearing, Mid-South Island Women’s Refuge, Presbyterian Support South Canterbury, South Canterbury Health Gala Awards, South Canterbury Stroke Club, Timaru Mental Health and the Timaru Parish Eatwell Programme also received a portion of the funding for various projects and initiatives.
The fund, offered through the Aoraki Foundation, welcomes applications twice yearly from groups requiring financial assistance for community health-related purposes.
The fund was established as a result of donations and bequests received by the South Canterbury District Health Board over many years.
Over the past 14 months there have been three rounds of funding, from which $100,000 has been distributed.
Health Endowment Fund chairman Ron Luxton encouraged people within the community to get involved.
“An endowment is something that people can write into their will that will really make a difference to the community and those around them,” he said.