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Trust funds hit $1million mark

Sue van den Heuvel - Wednesday, April 11, 2018

After surpassing the $1million mark, the fundraising team behind Methven Care Trust is feeling more confident about its goal of rebuilding the town's community-run resthome.

Three significant, anonymous donations of $200,000, $100,000 and $100,000 in the first quarter of this year saw funds raised to date increase to just over $1million.  Another close to $20,000 should arrive next month from the trust's raffle of a Hyundai car, Methven Care Trust chairwoman Joanna Suyker says.

"The trust has worked tirelessly to reach this point and we'd like to pause and thank our supporters and the wider Methven community for getting us here.  It's no small feat raising $1million in this economic climate and we've been told the first million dollars is the hardest.  We especially would like to thank the three anonymous donors who contributed significant amounts this year.  It's a real show of faith in our project and we're very grateful for this boost."

Methven Care Trust is a fundraising group set up by the Methven Aged Persons Welfare Association (MAPWAI) to raise funds for, and oversee, the building of a new aged care facility for Methven.  Trustees have been drawn from the Methven and foothills community and work alongside Methven Care Trust fundraising co-ordinator Sue van den Heuvel to deliver fundraising initiatives hand-in-hand with the community.  The trust's goal is to replace the existing community-run resthome Methven House within the next few years.  The estimated cost is $5.5million.

There is an urgent need to replace Methven House as the building is rapidly reaching the end of its useable life, says Joanna Suyker.

"Methven House has served us well for 40 years but it certainly won't last another 40.  It's vital we attract sufficient funds so we can get on with building a new facility that will care for the elderly in our district," she says.

Recent fundraising activity includes a raffle for a Hyundai car which will be drawn late May.  With only 400 tickets on sale at $100 each, punters across Ashburton District have embraced the opportunity to win a car at such good odds, says Joanna Suyker.

The raffle was launched at the Methven A&P show last month and tickets can be purchased from Primo-E-Secundo Café, Hammer Hardware, FarmSource and RuralCo in Methven.

Other funds this year have come frm the Landrover 70th anniversary celebrations, leasing of land for farming activities and a lily fundraiser initiated by Sue Duff's childcare operation.  More fundraising ventures are being sought from the community.

Methven Care Trust will build the new aged care facility on gifted land in the town's Camrose Estate.  More details are available via the fundraising co-ordinator Sue van den Heuvel on admin@methvencaretrust.co.nz, the trust's Givealittle page or via the website.

Pictured (left to right):  Janine Holland (trustee), Joanna Suyker (Chairperson), Sue van den Heuvel ready to update the fundraising signage in the Methven Mall


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