Money raised for people who ‘deserve to celebrate’

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A series of talks by Nigel Latta has raised $2000 for Volunteer South.

Entry to the three community events was a gold coin donation and all proceeds went to the charitable trust.

The Nigel Latta Resilience Tour was brought to the community by Central Lakes Trust in recognition of a difficult year due to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Central Lakes Trust chief executive Susan Finlay said $1,931.50 was raised, and Central Lakes Trust added to it, rounding the figure donated to $2000.

Volunteer South manager Gillian White thanked the trust for involving Volunteer South in the tour.

‘‘Nigel’s delivery of what are often serious issues is part of what sets him apart.

‘‘His messages about how we deal with stress and uncertainty and his strategies to cope are very practical and real and he wraps them up in a down-toearth delivery that appeals to a wide ranging audience.’’

The funds will go towards end-of-year volunteer celebrations which will be open to volunteers from across the region, she said.

Mrs Finlay said Volunteer South was at the coal face of the response to Covid-19 in the region.

‘‘It seems very appropriate to give the gold coin donation to a group that were there for us all when we needed them most this year.

‘‘I’m really glad that the funds will be used in celebrating with volunteers from our communities. Volunteer South and volunteers have certainly made a significant contribution to our community this year, and deserve to celebrate.’’

Central Otago Mayor, Tim Cadogan, said it was great to hear Nigel Latta in person presenting his well-researched thoughts on how we can all remain resilient in these challenging times.

‘‘His strategies would have been news to some, timely reminders to others and greatly entertaining to all.’’

Celebrations will take place at the Bowling Club in Cromwell on December 9 at 12.30pm, Puzzling World in Wanaka on December 9 at 5.30pm, Central Stories Museum and Art Gallery in Alexandra on December 10 at 11am and The Sherwood in Queenstown on December 14 at 5.30pm.

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