Community supports coastguard appeal

19:34, Jan 12 2014

Strong community support is continuing to raise money for a new Bluff Coastguard boat.

In the past week the organisation received another $660 in public donations, not including two large donations from local business.

The organisation also received another $1000 prize draw from SBS Bank and $1670 from Veolia water contractors.

"Great to see the people of Southland thinking of us during a holiday period," Bluff Coastguard president Andy Johnson said.

The new coastguard boat would be bigger, faster and safer than the existing model, but comes with a $1.2 million price tag.

The coastguard had already raised nearly $600,000, including large donations from a range of organisations and people such as the EP Wilding Estate, which donated $50,000, but there was still a long way to go, he said.

Bluff Coastguard fundraising campaign committee spokesman Cam McCulloch said the coastguard was a registered charity and anyone making a donation was entitled to a tax rebate.

Companies could also claim deductions. This week's donations: J Daly, A D Parker, S M McKay, C A Adamson, K W & P J Young, A H Kelly, J N Antoniak, S P Carswell, B MacDonald.


The Southland Times