Arthritis, stroke groups get grants

The Arthritis New Zealand Foundation and Stroke Foundation of New Zealand have taken the biggest slice in the latest round of Community Trust of Mid and South Canterbury grants.

The trust has donated $16,700 to nine local community organisations after considering the latest round of applications.

Arthritis New Zealand receives $5000 towards their Timaru-based arthritis educator service, and the Stroke Foundation receives $4000 towards field officer services.

The Arthritis New Zealand educator runs client clinics, seminars, community talks and healthy living courses in Mid Canterbury, South Canterbury and North Otago.

The Stroke Foundation has 40 field officers and 70 stroke clubs throughout New Zealand.

Community Trust chairman Peter O'Leary said the trust was pleased to support the services.

"The work of the arthritis educator and stroke field officer represent a significant intervention and way forward for sufferers and their families, at a time of readjustment and new concerns.”

Other South Canterbury groups to benefit are the 3rd Timaru Girls' Brigade Company with $1000 for national camp costs, the Aoraki Volleyball Association with $1000 for court fees, the Hearing Association South Canterbury with $1500 for classes and speakers, the South Canterbury International Festival with $1000 for the 2012 festival, and Waimate Community Garden with $700 for a sign and picnic table.

The Timaru Herald