Agents chip in for pool

Karen Grootscholten (left) and Kelly Grice (centre) presenting a cheque for $6,000 to Mayor Jim Mylchreest to go towards the Cambridge Pool project.

Two Cambridge real estate agents have donated $6,000 from their property sales commission to support the Cambridge Pool project.

Karen Grootscholten and Kelly Grice of Bayley’s Real Estate recently sold land on behalf of Waipā District Council that was earmarked to help fund the pool development. Both said they were only too happy to support the pool project and give back to the community.

“The Cambridge community has always supported us and our business. We wanted to recognise that support by making a donation. As a swimmer and user of the Cambridge pool myself, it was a no-brainer!” Karen said.

Kelly hopes other Waipā businesses will follow in their footsteps.

“This is a great opportunity for local businesses to be part of something special for the community.

The pool is a fantastic facility for Cambridge and we’re proud to support it,” she said.

Waipā mayor Jim Mylchreest said he continues to be blown away by local support for the project.

“We are so grateful to Karen and Kelly for putting their hand up and being part of delivering what will be an amazing community asset. We have an incredibly supportive community and it is these donations that boost the project and help keep costs down.”

The pool project has received $1.7 million in donations but there’s still a way to go, Mylchreest said.

“We’re continuing to apply for grants and pursue opportunities for both cash and in-kind donations. This is a true community-driven project and if other businesses would like to get on-board, our door is open to all and any support.”

Anyone who would like to donate to the project should get in touch with Council.

Donations previously received include $400,000 from Trust Waikato, $300,000 from the Brian Perry Charitable Trust, $300,000 from the Lotteries Commission, $80,000 from ASB Bank, $80,000 from CR Developments, $100,000 from Frances Skeet Trust, $15,000 from Shoof International Limited, $20,000 from Shaw’s Wire Ropes and $100,000 from Cambridge Lions Club. An anonymous donor also dropped off a cheque for $20,000 to the Cambridge council office. A further $300,000 has been committed to the project but is not yet finalised.


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