Community events boosted

A boost in funding for the Stragglers Rod and Kustom Car Show at Karapiro means the annual fundraising event will be able to do even more for chronically ill local children.

Eleven community events in the Waipa have been named as the first recipients of a new Community Event Fund established by Waipa District Council.

The $30,000 fund aims to support grass-roots events which help build and celebrate community pride and maximise the district’s public places, introduced in addition to the well-established District Promotion Fund which is aimed at events which drive economic activity.

The top four events that won this week’s allocation round are all based in Cambridge – the Stragglers Rod and Kustom Car Show, Cambridge Autumn Festival, Cambridge Cycling Festival and Waipa Fun Run, which all received $3,000 each.

“We are very grateful to the Waipa District Council for their continued support,” said Stacey Ward, a member of the Cambridge Stragglers Rod & Kustom Club. “Our event continues to grow, and we want to ensure that we can host a family friendly event that is accessible to all with free rides, inflatables and entertainment for children. We work hard to raise as much as we can for a group of chronically ill local children and this grant will help significantly with that.”

Many of the allocations announced this week were given to applicants that had missed out on District Promotion Fund support, which next year will have a separate application process. In total $20,000 was allocated from the Community Event Fund, with committee members still holding $10,000 for ad hoc (additional) community requests.

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