Van to benefit whole community

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STAFF REPORTERS

Wanaka community groups have a new set of wheels to help them get from A to B.

The vehicle – a 12-seater Toyota Hiace van – was bought following a fundraising initiative by Holy Family School Wanaka.

The school raised more than $50,000 for the vehicle to provide transport for school trips, sporting events and other activities.

It will also be available to various community groups.

Acting principal Ange Scoullar said the school was excited to have its 18-month project come to “fruition” and thanked the many people who had made it possible.

“This would not be possible without the support of our sponsors. The van will be an amazing asset to help the students get involved more with the wider community, which is a strong focus of our school.”

As part of the fundraising agreement, the van will be available to approved community groups at a cheap rental rate to cover its costs, using a booking system to be administered by the school.

The van fundraising project was aligned with the Holy Family Wanaka strategic plan 2019-21 to foster the school’s special character, provide educational opportunities in the community for pupils, and provide a responsive curriculum and develop capacity, board of trustees chairwoman Steph Drabble said.

“We are very grateful for our sponsors who supported our vision. The van enables us to offer our students a larger range of educational and sporting opportunities safely and without requesting additional volunteer drivers and vehicles from our community.”

The van project was funded by the Lion Foundation, One Foundation, the Otago Community Trust, Callis Charitable Trust and the Holy Family Friends of the School committee.