At the heart of the Geyser Community Foundation is partnership with a growing number of generous local people. It is fitting that our focus for this month is a celebration of the strength of our relationships, our connections and the partnerships we are building right across the central volcanic region.
Let’s begin with the celebration of establishment of three exciting new funds, which together will support people of all age groups in three different communities in our local area.
Children wanting to learn to play a musical instrument will benefit from the Taupo School of Music Fund. Tracey Lidington, Chair of the Music School’s Board of Trustees, said the School had ignited the musical interests of many young children in the Taupo District. “To be able to play a musical instrument and be involved in musical activities has proven time and time again to influence a child’s academic success and general wellbeing.”
Local scholarships are set to continue thanks to the Putaruru Veterinary Club Trust re-settling its funds and establishing an endowment fund with Geyser. Trust spokesperson, Mary-Ann Mathis said the fund’s purpose, now safeguarded for the future by the Geyser Community Foundation, is to provide scholarships to students from the South Waikato District to assist with the costs of studying veterinary sciences, agriculture or other disciplines that will benefit farming.
The Parksyde Fund will support older people for generations to come in the Rotorua District. Parksyde is a community centre for people aged 55 and over. The only one of its kind in the country, it is unique. Run by the Older Persons Community Centre Trust, it caters for the social, recreational, health and educational needs of older people. Trust Chairman, Peter Fitchett said they were thrilled to launch the fund as part of Parksyde’s 21st birthday celebrations. “It is a powerful and much-needed funding mechanism to help us keep supporting our older people year on year, forever. Donations, large and small, including bequests in people’s wills are most welcome.
Summer Newsletter – February 2023