Community support is the vital ingredient in the development of a kitchen taking shape in Central Otago.
The kitchen, established inside a shipping container, was made possible by a range of local businesses and organisations, which gave their time, materials and funding to the project.
Their aim was to help create a purpose-built, stand-alone kitchen for Cromwell Rowing Club members to use while attending events at Lake Ruataniwha.
The kitchen features a servery, chiller panels, bifold windows and space for an oven and two fridges, and the joinery is in Cromwell’s colours of blue and red.
The facility had been named “Bec’s Kitchen” after Rebecca Anderson, one of the club’s most devoted members, club rowing captain Maude O’Connell said.
She said the new kitchen, which was transported to its new home by truck on Tuesday morning, would make a considerable difference to the club.
“We’ve gone from cooking on charcoal barbecues and .. living out of tents. The club has progressed so much that we needed a specialised place to cook and produce all the meals for young athletes because they need good food.”
Cromwell Rowing Club representative Glen Christiansen said the club was grateful to the many people who had supported and assisted the project. The facility will be used for the first time during the Otago champs in mid-December.