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Shotover Primary School Fundraising Initiative

Queenstown businesses are teaming up in one of the town’s biggest fundraisers.

In an exciting fundraising initiative, Shotover Primary School is teaming up with hoamz, Placemakers, GJ Gardner and Shotover Country to build and bring to the market a brand new house. With the support of these companies and other trades and suppliers, the aim is to maximise proceeds on the sale of the home, with all funds going to the school’s playground project. Anticipated for completion in June 2016, the sought-after Shotover Country property will be taken to auction by hoamz in a high-exposure campaign.

Principal Ben Witheford says ‘We have big hopes for the amount of income which we can generate with such a high-profile initiative. The generosity of our partners means there’s potential for a really strong injection into the playground project, which is so vital to the school. The outdoor areas fall outside our current funding grants, so covering the cost of designing and building the playground falls on the board and subsequently the community.’

Alongside being a school facility, the board view the playground as a community asset, inviting locals to use the equipment and spaces outside school hours.

Local playground designer, Trish Wrigley, has drawn up a masterplan based on feedback from parents, children and the board. The spectacular playground showcases areas for all types of play for 5-13 year olds, carefully crafted to stimulate social skills, imagination, personal development and confidence.

It’s no secret that the housing market is running hot and there aren’t enough homes to satisfy Queenstown buyers – the time for a project of this nature is now. 

View the article in the Mountain Scene by clicking here.      

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