Op Shop funds distributed ahead of schedule

Nine community-orientated organisations will be better off following $32,000 worth of grants distributed by the Mangawhai Opportunity Factory.

The shop opened in October last year and trustee Ken Rayward is excited to have their first round of grants distributed three months ahead of schedule.

“The success of the factory, due to generous product donations and a supportive customer base, means we have been able to give out grants sooner than expected,” Ken says.

“The organisations represent a real exciting spectrum of activities including education, sporting and recreational.”

On the grants list was the Mangawhai Activity Zone. It will use the money to build a 250-metre multipurpose track linking activities at the park.

The Mangawhai Volunteer Fire Brigade will use its grant to help complete its station extension and the Mangawhai Tennis Club will complete two new courts, enabling it to host Tennis Northern provincial tournaments.

Other recipients were as follows:
•    Mangawhai Heads Volunteer Life  Saving Club for a lock-up container  to hold junior surf equipment.
•    Mangawhai Toy Library for the  purchase of a new computer and  software.
•    Mangawhai Community Trust for the refurbishment of the school  and community gym hall to help incorporate multipurpose events.
•    Te Whai Trust for emergency food packages, family violence and drug  abuse support systems.
•    Mangawhai Recreational Trust for completion of a multipurpose walking and biking track linking  Molesworth Drive and Cove Road.
•    North Rodney Blue Light for 20 local children to attend a three-day seamanship course and three  children to attend the national Blue  Light life-skills course.

The opportunity shop is located on Wood Street, behind the Mangawhai Heads service station.

To nominate an organisation for the next round of funding, contact Ken ken@freschegroup.com.