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

International Rankings: Student Results 'Show More Resourcing Needed'

NZEI: "For the second time in a week, international assessments show we have a problem... We need to put more resources into schools in high poverty communities to ensure all kids get the support they need."

New Zealand had only held relatively steady in international rankings in some areas because the average achievement for several other OECD countries had lowered the OECD average -- not because our student achievement has improved. More>>

 

Salvation Army Report: Beyond The Prison Gate Report

A new Salvation Army report says changes must be made to how prisoners re-enter society for New Zealanders to feel safe and secure in their homes and communities. More>>

ALSO:

Surprise Exit: Gordon Campbell On The Key Resignation

The resignation of John Key is one thing. The way that Key and his deputy Bill English have screwed the scrum on the leadership succession vote (due on December 12) is something else again. It remains to be seen whether the party caucus – ie, the ambitious likes of Steven Joyce, Judith Collins, Paula Bennett, and Amy Adams – will simply roll over... More>>

ALSO:

Q+A: Labour's Michael Wood Wins Mt Roskill

Labour’s Michael Wood, who last night won a 6,000 vote majority in the Mt Roskill by-election, says the reason for the win was simple, clear messaging... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Anne Tolley’s Callous Folly

Last week’s conflict between Social Development Minister Anne Tolley and District Court judge Carolyn Henwood illustrated quite a few of the flaws in the system. More>>

ALSO:

Members’ Bills: Greens' Domestic Violence And Loans Bills Pulled From Ballot

Jan Logie’s Domestic Violence-Victims' Protection Bill introduces workplace protections for victims of domestic violence, including allowing victims to request paid domestic violence leave for up to 10 days... Gareth Hughes’ Bill allows Kiwis with student loans to defer their student loan repayments into a first home savings scheme. More>>

ALSO:

IPCA: Police Did Not 'Deliberately' Use Pepper Spray On 10-Year-Old

"When spraying the man, the officer did not properly consider the necessity of using pepper spray in a confined space, the likelihood that it would affect the other innocent passengers or the fact that he was using a more powerful spray." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news