Rowers chip in for youth
New Zealand's medal-winning rowers from the London Olympics are backing a new youth facility in Winton and the Salvation Army is hoping that the community will, too.
The Winton Salvation Army is extending its premises to include a new youth facility and storage space, but to meet the $120,000 price tag, the organisation has to fundraise.
Youth worker Darren Frazer is one of the people behind the initiative and has the backing of some rowing heavyweights.
Mr Frazer wrote to Olympic gold medallists Hamish Bond and Eric Murray to ask for something to auction off, and what he got back was "awesome".
The rowing pair have donated a rowing suit, signed by all New Zealand's London Olympic rowing medallists, which is to be auctioned on Trade Me this week. Among the signatories is Southland rower and Olympic gold medallist Nathan Cohen.
Mr Frazer hopes the Southland connection will entice the community to bid on the item, while knowing their money is going to a worthy cause.
The facility will include a range of activities, including pool tables and indoor games, and there are even plans for a recording studio.
"This will create a zone for them."
The Salvation Army has raised about $30,000 for the new facility since last year, but still has $90,000 to go and needs all the help it n get, Mr Frazer says.
As well as the auction, the organisation is planning a running race and a dance as a way of reaching the target.
The auction for the rowing suit will run until next Friday.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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