A house built by the community, for the community is continuing to have an impact.
Lot 47, a three-bedroom home in Cromwell, was built by businesses and the Cromwell Rotary and Cromwell Lions Clubs as a fundraiser for the town’s new ambulance station.
It fetched $1,205,000 at auction with a profit of $824,436.88 distributed to St John and other community causes.
St John received $243,000 to fund the ambulance station’s fundraising shortfall and a further $100,000 was tagged for other items required by the service — including a new health shuttle.
A $100,000 Topping Education Scholarship was created for those undertaking health-related study with 12 applicants receiving funds.
The latest funding from the project has been distributed to the community with five applicants receiving grants from the $250,000 Lot 47 Combined Cromwell Rotary and Lions Community Fund.
The recipients were:
- Central and Southern Kids Educational Trust, to fund equine therapy for Cromwell youth.
- Equine therapy enhances physical and emotional growth with the ‘‘A Horse of Course’’ programme. Î Cromwell Menz Shed Charitable Trust, for the purchase of tools and equipment.
The Menz Shed is in the process of constructing a new fit-for-purpose shed. Î Cromwell Primary School, to purchase audiovisual equipment for its new school hall. Î
- Cromwell Bike Park Incorporated, to help fund the development of new Pump Track and Jump Park Track extensions. The current pump track is too small for the number of riders the park is attracting, causing safety issues. Î
- Cromwell Police, to fund the installation and monitoring of an Automatic Number Plate Recognition system to assist Police in deterring, apprehending and prosecuting those responsible for local criminal activity.
Lot 47 organiser Doreen Evans said she was happy to see the community fund go to organisations that were already providing a ‘‘great service’’ in the community.
‘‘The application of these funds will have an ongoing positive benefit for our community,’’ she said.