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22 groups benefit from Harcourts Foundation

22 groups benefit from The Harcourts Foundation's latest funding

16 December 2010: Twenty two charitable organisations from around New Zealand have received funding in the latest round of grants from The Harcourts Foundation, a charity set up by the Harcourts real estate group to provide support that helps, grows and enriches our communities.

The recipients, who operate in a variety of locations and sectors, were recently awarded grants totalling approximately $36,000 - having each made successful applications to The Harcourts Foundation in New Zealand earlier this year.

These grants together with a number made in Australia recently take the total amount donated since the Foundation was established in mid-2008 to more than $570,000, with over 140 charities in Australasia benefiting so far.

The latest recipients of grants from The Harcourts Foundation in New Zealand were (in alphabetical order):

* Amberley School, Canterbury - $708.75 to purchase a library and resource trolley for the school's new learning centre; * Burwood Academy of Independent Living - $1000 towards involving people with significant acquired disabilities in the development of a new model for researching their needs; * Burwood School Board of Trustees - $1500 towards the cost of new books for the school library; * Cancer Society of New Zealand Canterbury-West Coast Division - $2000 towards the cost of audio visual equipment for their new seminar/meeting room (which is used by both them and other cancer-related organisations); * Christchurch South Community Watch Inc - $540 to provide first aid training to new members of their organisation which helps patrol the Christchurch South Police District and provides additional assistance if required; * Christian Assist Trust, Auckland - $3000 towards cost of upgrading their premises, which are used to run free programmes ultimately aimed at reducing family violence; * Community Development Network Trust - $500 to support programmes run by the organisation's Hornby Youth Worker; * Dallington Scout Group, Canterbury - $500 towards the cost of buying resources used in the provision of scout training progammes; * Deaf Aotearoa NZ Inc - Christchurch office - $1500 towards the cost of a heat pump for their boardroom/community room which is used for community workshops and events, staff training and meetings; * Deanwell Playcentre, Hamilton- $3000 towards the cost of preventing vandalism; * Endometriosis New Zealand - $2000 towards the cost of completing the rebrand of resources and a website. * Fendalton Playcentre, Christchurch - $1500 towards the cost of replacing their computer; * Frankleigh Park Kindergarten, New Plymouth - $630 towards the cost of new technology for educational purposes; * Girl Guiding New Zealand - $2000 towards the cost of refurbishing the historic house they use for accommodating out of town guide leaders while they are in Christchurch for training or meetings; * Hibiscus Sea Rescue Trust Inc. - $6500 towards the cost of a shed for its rescue boat; * Kaiapoi Returned Services Assn (Inc) - $1200 to enable them to purchase a mobility scooter for members' use; * Kidsfirst Kindergartens, Christchurch - $1000 towards the cost of redeveloping their sandpit; * Kirwee Volunteer Fire Brigade, Canterbury - $5000 towards the cost of a van to be used as a support vehicle; * Muritai School Carnival, Lower Hutt - $200 to cover some costs associated with a major bi-annual fundraising event; * Taonui School, Feilding - $250 for replacing old books with new reading material for their school library; Taranaki Educare Trust - $880 to purchase a much-needed dishwasher for their training centre; * Te Waka Huruhurumana ki Otautahi - $500 for equipment and materials for the carpentry area at their bi-lingual early childhood centre.

Harcourts New Zealand CEO Hayden Duncan notes that more than $820,000 has been raised for The Harcourts Foundation to date through the voluntary donations and fundraising efforts of Harcourts team members in New Zealand and Australia, with additional support coming from some of the group's business partners and clients.

"All of money raised for The Harcourts Foundation is donated and aside from a small portion set aside to support major emergency relief efforts the money raised for the Foundation in a particular region goes back into that area," he explains.

The successful applicants from the current quarterly round, which closes on 31 December, will be announced early next year.
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