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Hundreds Raised For Lend A Hand Foundation

18 November 2007

Hundreds Raised For Lend A Hand Foundation

More than one thousand dollars has been raised for the TrustPower Lend A Hand Foundation through the Waipori Centenary Open Days.

The Open Days were held this weekend (Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 November) as part of the Waipori Hydro-Electric Power Scheme Centenary Celebrations.

Around 500 people toured through Waipori power station No 2A during the weekend and viewed the historical information and memorabilia on display as part of the 100th birthday celebrations. Entry to the power station was via a gold coin donation, and as a result $1,152 has been gifted to the TrustPower Lend A Hand Foundation.

The TrustPower Lend A Hand Foundation raises funds to assist small charitable groups and individuals in the Otago region. The Foundation is a partnership between TrustPower, the Malcam Charitable Trust and the St Kilda Rotary Club. Over the last three years the Foundation has injected more than $20,000 into the Otago community.

TrustPower Lend A Hand Foundation spokesperson Malcolm Cameron says they are delighted with the money raised during the weekend, which will go directly back into the community through the Foundation’s work with charitable groups and deserving individuals.

“Our partnership with TrustPower started in 2001 and since then it has grown stronger and stronger. It is really, really special that we could join with TrustPower to celebrate the Waipori Centenary and we are blown away with the generosity of those who attended the Centenary celebrations,” says Malcolm Cameron.

The Waipori Centenary Celebrations were officially opened on Saturday 17 November by Dunedin Mayor Peter Chin, Clutha Mayor Juno Hayes and TrustPower Acting Chairman Bruce Harker. Minister of Energy Hon David Parker also attended the opening. As part of the official celebrations a commemorative plaque was unveiled at the power station and a massive 100th birthday cake was served.

TrustPower Community Relations Coordinator Pip Tschudin says turning 100 is a great milestone, and being able to celebrate that while assisting such a worthy cause has been fantastic.

“The TrustPower Lend a Hand Foundation does an amazing job assisting Otago’s small, grass roots organisations and individuals that need a helping hand. We are delighted to have been able to use such an important event to promote the Foundation’s work and raise funds for the cause,” says Mrs Tschudin.

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