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Quarter of a Million Dollars Milestone

More than a quarter of a million dollars has been gifted back in to the greater Tauranga community by Legacy Trust this financial year.

The total of $255,267 equates to a record annual amount gifted by the charitable trust, which is responsible for distributing the profits from Legacy Funerals.

The recipient list in this year’s latest gifting round includes a large number of groups benefitting the young people of the district. Those recipients comprise: Life Education Trust, Youth Development Trust, Tauranga Boys’ College Tama Tu Trust, Otumoetai Toy Library, local surf clubs involved in the Mount Everest Challenge, Tauranga Boys’ College and Aquinas College.

Life Education Trust Western Bay of Plenty region chairperson Debbie Given says receiving $10,000 to benefit the district’s school pupils was a “huge help and very exciting”.

The Life Education Trust – which is a charity focused primarily on providing children with the knowledge to make informed choices and avoid negative influences – is a first-time Legacy Trust recipient.

Tauranga Youth Development Trust regional manager Dan Allen-Gordon says the $5,000 gifted by Legacy Trust will go straight to the development trust’s effective Project K initiative.

Project K is targeted at young people who stand to strongly benefit from a programme designed to build confidence and motivation. It involves a wilderness adventure, community challenge and 12 months’ mentoring by trainers dedicated to helping the young people achieve their goals.

Dan says the Tauranga Youth Development Trust had received donations from Legacy Trust twice before, but this was the most significant amount.

He says the $5,000 will enable his Trust to send one group of Otumoetai College students into the wilderness in July, and a contingent from Mount Maunganui College in September. A total of 24 young people would enjoy the benefits of Project K this year.

“Without the funding we would have had to consider whether two programmes were feasible,” he says.

Other groups to benefit from the latest Legacy Trust donation round are: Waipuna Hospice ($15,000), Saint Vincent de Paul Society ($3,000),WW1 Exhibition ($5,000), Tarnished Frocks and Divas ($5,000), Tauranga Civic Choir ($2,000), ARRC Wildlife Trust ($2,875), Heart Community Trust ($600), Tauranga Seniors’ Golf ($1,200),Sanantan Dharam ($1,000), Tauranga Golf Club ($575) and Omokoroa Golf Club ($640).

Since Legacy Trust was formed by Greg Brownless in 2007, over two million dollars has been gifted back to the local community to benefit current and future Western Bay of Plenty citizens.

When families are faced with making funeral arrangements they can choose either a commercial funeral company or Legacy Funerals, a registered charitable company, Greg explains.

“The very real difference is that all the profits from Legacy are given back to worthwhile causes, making our community a better place.

“Legacy and the funds it distributes are totally reliant on people choosing our funeral services. Without this, we could not create lasting legacies for Western Bay of Plenty people and their loved ones.”