They need more bricks in the wall

00:43, Jul 08 2014
Windsor North School pupils
EVERY LITTLE BIT HELPS: Windsor North School pupils, from left, Chloe McMurdo, 11, Lucy Thompson, 11, Jamie Whittington, 10, and Kate Loader, 9, dressed up as their favourite sportspeople to raise funds for Stadium Southland. They are with Stadium Southland general manager Nigel Skelt.

The tins are rattling and Southlanders are responding to the Stadium Southland "buy a brick" fundraiser, stumping up almost one-third of donations to date.

Members of the public have contributed $15,000, but there is still a long way to go before the Stadium Trust reaches its target of making the stadium debt-free.

The trust has calculated it still needs $5 million to "get across the line", and is asking businesses and individuals from throughout the region to take part in its "Rattle the Tin" fundraising campaign.

A "Friends of the Stadium" wall is being created in the walkway of the main events court.

Individuals and families who donate $100 will get their name on a bronze brick on the wall, those who donate $500, a silver brick and those who donate $1000, a gold brick.

Corporates and sponsors who donate $10,000 or more will be recognised with a platinum brick and also gain access to preferential ticketing for events at the venue before public sales.

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A number of businesses in the region have signalled to stadium bosses that they will be getting behind the campaign.

The first substantial corporate donation came from law firm AWS Legal, which contributed $10,000.

AWS partner Norman Elder said the business was proud to support a Southland asset like the stadium. AWS wanted to put something back into the community.

"We hope this encourages other businesses in the Southland region to make a donation to this asset," he said.

Last week schools and businesses across the region took part in a mufti day fundraiser.

Stadium trust bosses have yet to calculate the final sum but are delighted with the success of some of the schools - which will be recognised with a brick.

Windsor North School raised $412.30, Otatara School raised $443.50, Makarewa School raised $505.00, Otautau Primary School raised $287.60 and Invercargill Middle School raised $138.80.

Windsor North principal Andrew Smith said its stadium mufti day was one of the most successful at the school yet, which reflected the support of the parents.

As a user of the stadium, it was a nice to get the school name on a brick, he said.

"Our children get so much benefit from the stadium and the opportunities it presents, such as playing netball under the shelter."

The Southland Times