Museum fundraising half done

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Fundraising for the $400,000 South Canterbury Museum upgrade is at the halfway mark.
The museum’s development trust received $100,000 towards the project in the Community Trust of Mid & South Canterbury’s latest round of funding, which also included a $170,502 grant to the region’s schools to enable principals to help pupils who would otherwise miss out on aspects of the curriculum.
South Canterbury Museum Development Trust secretary Philip Howe is ‘‘thrilled’’ with the funding.
‘‘It’s a great help,’’ he said.
The museum project will mean upgrading its mezzanine floor exhibition floor areas, a space of about 270sq m.
Artefacts, historic images and interactive technology will give visitors to the museum an overview of local history and everyday life from the 1880s to the present.
‘‘A prime focus will be making the spaces and exhibitions modular, relocatable and interactive, and be very effective in educating school children.’’
Mr Howe said recent donations from the museum development trust of $10,000, a council input of $100,000, $25,000 from Perputal Guardian Trust and $40,000 from Timaru residents Murray and Judith Purvis meant the vision was closer to becoming a reality.
The first stage of the development is expected to be completed in December, when the museum will also mark its 50th birthday.
If funds allow, stage two will be complete by June 2017.
The Community Trust of Mid & South Canterbury made donations of more than $400,000 at its recent meeting.
Donations. — The Mid Canterbury Vintage Machinery Club (new display shed), the Geraldine Historical Society (shelving and climate control), the Timaru Budget Advisory Trust (operational costs) and Volunteering Mid & South Canterbury (Ashburton office costs). They each received $15,000 towards their projects.
The Geraldine Pony Club received $7500 towards new show jumping equipment.
The Waimate Historical Society got $3960 for climate control equipment, the Albury Ice Hockey Association received $3000 towards ice rink hire fees, the Canterbury Men’s Centre was granted $3000 for Mid and South Canterbury support services, South Canterbury Women’s Wellness, $2500 towards co-ordinator costs and Parent to Parent Greater Canterbury has $2150 to provide support services in South Canterbury.
The Community Trust of Mid & South Canterbury uses the returns from investments to fund its philanthropy. Over the past five years, it has donated, on average, about $1 million each year to community organisations and their projects.
The trust supports organisations and projects which contribute towards achieving healthy, vibrant and caring communities.