Christmas came early for community groups that received funding from Rotorua Trust in its December round of grant approvals.
Rotorua Trust has made a donation of $10,000 to the Salvation Army Christmas Appeal to support the generosity of the community, who have donated thousands of items for the appeal.
Many drives and initiatives take place during the appeal, with Rotorua Daily Post, Rotorua Weekender and The Hits Rotorua 97.5FM putting immense work into encouraging and celebrating donations over many years. Donations received during the six-week appeal go towards the work of the Salvation Army during the Christmas period and beyond.
Spreading the Christmas spirit, the Trust continues to support the Christmas Day Community Lunch. The free Christmas lunch enriches connections, belonging and experiences for those who might be alone, wanting company, or struggling financially.
Chief Executive of Rotorua Trust, Jackie McCullough, said “There are many people in our community working tirelessly to support Rotorua whānau.
“The Trust would like to recognize the work of those improving Christmas for whānau in need and those making a positive impact throughout the year.
“We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a good holiday break to relax and recharge.”
Rotorua Trust funding approvals for projects early in 2023 include the Lakeside Concert, an Aratika Cancer Trust Supportive Cancer Care Residential Wellbeing Retreat, Oceania BMX Championships hosted by Rotorua BMX Club, Crankworx Rotorua, the Indigenous All Stars vs Māori All Stars games and the Waitangi ‘For the Love of People’ event.