Wednesday, 25 November 2020

WHITIANGA WEATHER

Another funding boost for Sea Scouts new den

The Whitianga Sea Scouts’ new den got another step closer last month when the St Andrew’s Church Op Shop donated $1,269 towards the final part of the fencing of the land the den is earmarked to be developed on.

The land adjacent to the Moewai Road industrial area, which the Sea Scouts now lease from Thames-Coromandel District Council, had to be raised to meet the 50 year flood level requirements.  “RoadWorx Limited has generously donated most of their costs to the us,” Whitianga Sea Scouts chairman, Mike Brown, says. “TCDC has also helped out by providing most of the hard fill required,”

In his funding application to the Church Op Shop, Mike wrote, “We had planned an Easter Egg Hunt to fundraise for the fencing, but unfortunately it had to be cancelled when COVID-19 came along.”

The fencing of the front of the site, now completed thanks to Zee Zee Topz fencing, will enable scouting events to be held at the new site this summer. “It allows us to secure the site and build a garage to store our equipment,” Mike says. “This will provide a substantial reduction in our operational costs.”

The Sea Scouts, Cubs and Keas currently meet at the clubrooms of the Mercury Bay Rugby Club. The new den already has building consent and is currently out for tender. Once tenders close and they know the actual costs of construction, the Scouts will apply for a grant for the remainder of the funds they need. They have been actively fundraising for the den for more than four years. If successful in obtaining a grant, they plan to start the building project in March next year.

Mike says since the Whitianga Sea Scouts restarted in 2015, the Mercury Bay community has been consistently generous in supporting whatever the organisation needed. “We have received help in so many ways, both monetary and practical, and the St Andrews Church Op-shop donation is yet another example of the generosity of our wonderful community,” he says. “We encourage everyone to donate clean preloved clothing to them so they can help other community organisations in the future.”

Pictured: The final part of the fencing of the land the den is earmarked to be developed on.

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