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Thousands of dollars have been distributed throughout Central Otago, making a significant difference to a range of community groups.

The Otago Masonic Charitable Trust recently distributed more than $20,000 to various groups, including $5000 to the Alexandra and District Pipe Band for waistcoats.

A further $3600 was given to the Becks Hall committee for a dishwasher and $2706 was given to the Cromwell Youth Trust for a laptop, printer and software.

St Mungo’s Church committee received $2400 for a ride-on lawn mower and St Gerard’s School was given $1850 for a basket swing.

The Clyde Volunteer Fire Brigade received $1582 for 14 LED torches to be mounted to helmets and a further $720 was given to the Omakau community pool for a new cover.

Cromwell Resource Centre, Alexandra Community Pantry, Alexandra Salvation Army, Wanaka Community Network and Queenstown Salvation Army each received $440 to benefit their foodbanks.

A representative from the groups recently attended a ceremony at the Manuherikia Lodge Hall in Alexandra, where the grants were presented.

The trust’s Central Otago sub-branch vice-chairman John Preedy said it meant a lot to be able to distribute the money to good causes.

The trust was established in 1958.

“The principal activity was to set up aged housing. They built 37 units in Dunedin and then they were approached to raise funds for Ranui up here, which they duly helped,” Mr Preedy said.

So far there has been $3.2million invested, completely by Freemasons, to benefit various community groups across Otago.

Three youngsters who had attended the Elwing youth sailing voyage, an experience which the trust also funds, were given an opportunity to talk about their adventure at the end of the presentation.