Two trusts – one in Taranaki and the other in Waikato – were the grateful recipients yesterday (May 10) of funds raised by volunteer firefighters at an Emergency Services Ball in New Plymouth recently.
Representatives from the Mellowpuff Charitable Trust and the Waikato Health Trust each received $1300 cheques from Lance Allerby, president of the Taranaki Provinical Fire Brigade Association, at the association’s annual general meeting in Inglewood.
Mellowpuff trustee Karen Venables told of how the money would go to Taranaki children in adversity. The trust was set up in May 2006 in memory of Melissa Long who passed away after a five year battle with cancer. While Melissa was sick, her family received a wide variety of help from family, friends, neighbours, work colleagues and schools in the Spotswood community.
Melissa’s dying wish was to repay the support she received by using the funds in her bank account to assist other Taranaki children who were going through similar challenges.
The Waikato Health Trust supports the provision of health and disability services within the area served by the Waikato District Health Board. Within that broad purpose the trust undertakes a number of specific activities. The main one of these is to manage the donations and bequests received by the Waikato District Health Board.
Each year more than 700 Taranaki people receive tertiary care at Waikato Hospital often incurring financial hardship as a result.
The $1300 will be invested into a Burns Fund in the Waikato Health Trust and Taranaki people can apply for assistance from the fund. Trustee and Waikato DHB chief financial officer Maureen Chrystall acknowledged the donation and said others could donate to the fund safe in the knowledge that it could only be spent on Taranaki-based families.
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