Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


SKY Makes Big Splash in Christchurch


SKY Makes Big Splash in Christchurch


SKY has dived in to rescue West Spreydon School in Christchurch, donating $200,000 to repair the school’s hugely popular swimming pool.

The gift - part of the company’s $1 million five-year commitment to help repair the city after the earthquakes - will be presented to school representatives during the Crusaders vs Force match at AMI Stadium on Friday, 30 May,

West Spreydon Primary suffered a double blow in the February 2011 quake. After being under threat of closure for years, the pool had just been repaired by scores of volunteers, with a big opening celebration held on 17 February.

Five days later, on 22 February, Christchurch was devastated and the newly-restored pool was destroyed.

“After all that hard work, the destruction of the pool was heart-breaking for the local community,” says SKY chief executive John Fellet. “When we asked our staff what SKY’s Christchurch project for 2014 should be, they voted overwhelmingly for the rebuild of the West Spreydon School pool.”

The chairman of the school’s board, Duane Major, said the pool had been a vital part of the community for more than 75 years.

“It was built during the Depression and we have families who have been swimming in that pool for four generations. Thousands of local kids, parents and grandparents have learnt to swim at West Spreydon so it is very dear to our hearts. It really is a hub for community life in the neighbourhood.”

Major says the pool had been fending off closure in the years before the quakes but everyone rallied to save it.

“The school and local community spent hundreds of hours and nearly $100,000 of hard-earned fundraising money upgrading the pool. We’d just finished the work and, five days later, lost the lot. There were quite a few tears shed at that point.”

With SKY’s donation, the school hopes to have the pool back in action next summer for school swimming lessons and for families to use during the holidays.

SKY announced last year it was pledging $1 million over five years to the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal, with the money ear-marked for schools and sports projects.

“We decided we want to focus on sport and recreational facilities as these are fundamental to the health and wellbeing of local communities, particularly their young people,” says Fellet.

-- Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

For The Birds: Gordon Campbell On The Budget

Budgies, so their Wikipedia page says, are popular pets around the world due to their small size, low cost, and ability to mimic human speech. Which is a reasonably good description of Finance Minister Bill English eighth Budget. . More>>

Max Rashbrooke On The 2016 Budget

The best label for this year’s announcement by Bill English might be the ‘Bare Minimum Budget’. It does the bare minimum to defuse potential political damage in a range of areas – homelessness and health are prime among them – but almost nothing to address the country’s most deep-rooted, systemic social problems. Indeed the Budget hints that these problems may get worse. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Bank Scandals (And Air Crashes)

Last month, the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) filed proceedings against Westpac over activities that have some distinct echoes of the Libor scandal. More>>

Budget: Health Funding Must Keep Up With Need

NZNO: “The nursing team has been doing more with less for years. It’s getting to the point that we’re really worried about our colleagues, our patients, our jobs and the level of health care available for people in our country." More>>

ALSO:

Emissions Inventory: Time For The Government To Do The Right Thing

It’s time for the National Government to step up and do the right thing to reduce climate pollution as data shows New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions are higher than ever, the Green Party said today. More>>

ALSO:

Budget 2016: More Partnership Schools To Open

Seven new schools will join the eight Partnership Schools already open, along with further new schools opening in 2017. “The growth of this policy is a reflection of the high level of interest from educators and community leaders,” Mr Seymour says. More>>

ALSO:

No Correspondence With English: Did Brownlee Make Up Sale Of Navy Ships ‘On The Hoof?’

Having revealed that several Royal New Zealand Navy vessels have not left port in years, New Zealand First is now asking the Minister of Defence to prove he did not come up with the idea of selling HMNZS Taupo and Pukaki until the media asked him. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news