The result of 18 months of fundraising was unveiled to those who helped bring a dream through to fruition on Monday.
Cromwell Youth Trust (CYT) revealed its new van, a 12-seater Toyota Hiace costing $30,000, which will be used to transport young people to events and activities in Cromwell and further afield.
Cromwell Youth Trust manager and lead youth worker Rhys Smith said having a dedicated van meant a reliable transport option, eliminating the need for youth workers to use personal vehicles, or to use the local community van which was often booked out.
“The van is a great asset to Cromwell Youth Trust (CYT) as it enables us to expand our capacity to develop and implement programmes and provide further opportunities for a wide number of young people throughout Cromwell,” Mr Smith said.
“Our programmes are now designed without any barriers that impact what we can and cannot do as we have easy access to a van.”
CYT were recipients of a number of fundraising ventures from the Cromwell Rotary Club as well as sponsorship from several local businesses.
Cromwell Rotary Club raised $18,000 towards the van through its annual book sale, House and Garden Tour and Secret Shed Tour.
Club president Pam Broadhead said one of the organisation’s key foundations was to support youth in the community and she was pleased to be able to support the youth trust with its efforts.
“We think that what these guys are doing [at Cromwell Youth Trust] is so important for the youth in our community,” she said.
Mr Smith said CYT were “extremely appreciative” of all the funders who supported its goal to purchase the van.
“Without these local supporters we would not have been able to achieve this massive goal.”
Cromwell Youth Trust wished to thank the following supporters: Rotary Club of Cromwell, Otago Community Trust, Mitre 10 Cromwell, Rose Creek Valais Blacknose Sheep, Subway Cromwell, Grapevision, B&M Joinery, Pure Services, ChemDry, Paintball Central and New World Cromwell.