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Chairperson & Treasurers Report - AGM 1st August 2018

Hen Royston - Sunday, August 05, 2018


Methven Care Trust has had another active year.  MCT joined the 40 years celebration of Methven House in April 2017 and took the opportunity to showcase the trusts purpose and achievements to residents, their families and invited guests.

The local farm lease for the benefit of the trust continues to be a welcome constant in our fundraising efforts.  MCT has taken the opportunity to purchase lambs and is running these on the leased land whilst a local farmer gives his time and expertise to oversee them for us.

The Methven & Foothills House and Garden Tour has become our trademark annual local event, allowing us to embrace the goodwill of our community in offering their homes and gardens to be viewed by the public.  We are forever grateful for the communities generosity in allowing us to run this day, $10,000 was raised last November.  MCT is proud to be able to sustain this fundraiser as we enter our 4th consecutive year of the event.  Please mark your calendars for Novembers 10th for this year’s event.

MCT continues to humbly accept annual donations from Methven A&P Assoc, Methven Lions Club, Methven Rodeo Committee, High Country Fete, and Czech Christmas Cookie fundraiser.  On a monthly basis from the local businesses, retired couples, the families, the widowers and the widows.  On a weekly basis from the local mum that works three cleaning jobs to feed her family and deposits $10 without fail in the trusts account – thank you!

We have been the benefactors of inaugural events such as the Methven combined Churches Christmas Carols gold coin donation, Childcare @ Sue’s Lilly fundraiser, the gate takings from the 70th year Landrover Celebrations held at the showgrounds, and the proceeds from the Methven Young Farmers Club “Bark up at The Blue’.  Methven Pottery Club, BNZ Closed for Good cake stall.  Ian Totty Memorial Variety Concert, Mid Canterbury 4 wheel drive club Mud plug takings.

Methven Care Trust joined with Methven House and profiled the two organisations at the Ashburton Aged Concern Expo in Ashburton.

 The trust ran a hugely successful Hyundai win a car raffle.  We were delighted to have a national corporate support us and it was great to be able to offer a high end prize, and a local winning the car was such an appropriate outcome.

We were sad to have to accept the resignation of fellow trustee Ron Smith from the trust due to ill health.  Ron’s enthusiasm and passion for the cause has been well cemented in our foundations as we move forward on the project.  We were delighted to welcome Sir Graeme Harrison on board to fill this vacancy.

Two very significant events took place for MCT over the last year.  The first being we took ownership of the .6ha site in the Camrose subdivision late 2017, donated by the Lochhead Trust.  A milestone in itself as the trust seeks to raise the funds for the new build, and a momentous day for Mrs Lochhead onsite as the wishes of she and her late husband Allan came to fruition.

The second significant event for MCT reached on the last day of our financial year this March was hitting the $1million dollar mark on funds raised.  This was able to be achieved not only by all mentioned, but by the huge generosity of three donations, two of $100,000 and one of $200,000.  When I was summoned by the latter donator, who wishes to remain anonymous, I had no idea of the size of the donation I would be coming away with.  They said two things to me; 1) “nobody needs to know about this, and 2) this was in my will, but what’s the point of that when maybe I can see some progress on this project while I’m still around.”

These words sum up this project for me, no accolades or bright lights needed for these generous beings, just an absolute urge to commit to this cause they see as worthy for our community.  Portraying their trust and faith in MCT to get the job done instils credibility to the cause and hopefully they will still be around to experience that.



It is with pleasure that I present the financial report for the Methven Care Trust for the year ended 31 March 2018.

The 2018 income from donations, fundraising activities and interest, totalled $1,073,475 compared to $233,693 the previous year.  This is a reflection on how the community is getting in so strongly behind the trust and want to see this wonderful project succeed.

Operating payments are higher than the previous year – this is due mainly to the purchase of $15,252 worth of lambs that will be sold this year or next.  Overall the trusts expenses are minimal.

$570,000 has been paid to purchase land, with the balance of $340,000 due by 30 January 2020 – this is the exciting part – the dream is actually physically underway.  This has all been made possible by the wonderful efforts of the trust and in particular the donations made by this great community.  This year 4 very generous donations were received – we are so grateful.

We have now raised $1.5 million towards the $5 million target – fantastic, but we must not lose this momentum.

Here I would like to suggest that if you have ever thought of leaving a legacy in your will – why not consider giving while you are alive.  This way you can see what your money has done and as an accountant I have to add that for every dollar you give to a registered charity (which Methven Care Trust is), you will receive 33 cents back in donation rebates from the government (not a bad return on your money).

Finally, as awkward as it is to ask for money – this is not for us, but to build a fabulous facility for our locals.

If you are interested, or know of anyone interested in knowing more, please contact one of our Trustees, our fundraising co-ordinator, or myself.  Please be assured that by showing interest, you will not be expected to donate, but we would love to share our vision more with anyone on an individual basis.







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