Donation supports youth development following Taieri Gorge fundraiser

Following the Taieri Gorge Rail Walk event in May, the Dunedin South Lions Community Trust has donated $15,733 to Presbyterian Support Otago.

This donation was the funds raised from the walk, following costs being covered. Combined with the $1,500 that was raised from raffles on the day, the total was $17,233.

Family Works Director Paul Hooper explains, “Funds raised will go into supporting three team members who work with young people at YouthGrow so they can further their training. The funds will have a long term impact, as these team members continue to support young people from Dunedin into the future.”

“The walk was a win-win for everyone involved. It is certainly a unique outdoor experience and was a great day out. Our sincere thanks to the Dunedin South Lions Community Trust for their wonderful support, and to everyone who was involved in the event.”

Dunedin South Lions Community Trust spokesperson Allan Hamilton was very pleased to present the donation to Presbyterian Support Otago this week, on behalf of the group.

“The Taieri Gorge Rail Walk is a meaningful event with a community focus, which is what Lions is all about. It was a terrific opportunity for club members to be involved and we had a number of members and supporters who volunteered on the day.”

“This was the eleventh year the club has arranged and run the Taieri Gorge Rail Walk and it’s the largest community fundraiser we arrange each year.”

The event was a joint effort, with over 40 volunteers and friends from Dunedin South Lions Community Trust and Family Works involved in supporting over 400 participants. It was supported by Dunedin Railways, and One Agency through The Property Press.

Pictured (from left): Family Works Director Paul Hooper, Supporter Development Manager Jude McCracken and Dunedin South Lions Community Trust spokesperson Allan Hamilton.