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Makeover for South City Plunket Clinic

New look: ILT Foundation manager Lisa-Maree Fleck (back left), chairman Alan Dennis and board member Suzanne Prentice with Plunket nurses Janeen (left) and Jo at the Plunket South City Clinic. Photo: Sanda Jukic

THE Plunket South City clinic is now a more inviting place for families, thanks to a recent makeover.

Plunket’s community support co-ordinator Judy Cook said the exterior of the clinic was in desperate need of repair and a fresh coat of paint.

“I think it’s essential to have rooms that are comfortable, warm and inviting for our South Invercargill families to visit for their clinic appointments, and also for staff to work from,” she said.

“The South City clinic is a much-needed venue as it’s more convenient when you have children to be able to walk somewhere, rather than get in a car.”

Plunkett South City.  Photo: Lisa-Maree Fleck

The ILT Foundation provided a$12,400 grant towards the total cost of the work, which was $14,600.

“We are fortunate to have the ILT Foundation in Invercargill for the support they offer the community and particularly in South Invercargill.”

ILT Foundation manager Lisa-Maree Fleck said the foundation helped fund the clinic’s renovation to support Plunket and its important role in the Invercargill community to help support families.

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Burnett to represent NZ

Invercargill teenager Josh Burnett is preparing for the world junior mountain bike championships in Switzerland this month.

HARD work and determination to achieve his goals have rewarded Invercargill mountain biker Josh Burnett with the opportunity to represent New Zealand.

One of only two from the South Island, Burnett leaves for Switzerland on August 7 in a team of 14 young female and male riders to compete in downhill and cross-country events at the world junior mountain bike championships.

Burnett gained entry into the New Zealand team by his results in several designated events last year, including a second placing in the under-19 section of the national junior mountain bike championships in Wanaka.

His talent showed itself early when, as a 7 year old he began competing in BMX events. He continued BMX as a summer sport for several years, before deciding to give mountain biking a try. As a 12 year old he joined the Southland Mountain Bike Club (MTB club) competing in junior club events with good results.

The New Zealand secondary schools mountain bike championships in 2016 were his first real taste of serious competition.

“It was a real eye-opener,” Burnett said.

“I didn’t do too badly. I decided then to make mountain biking my main sport.”

Since then Burnett has achieved considerable success at major Otago-Southland mountain bike events, including winning the open male section of the Southland championships in November, a fourth place in the 2018 Motatapu Challenge and a first in the 2018 MTB club Winter Enduro four-hour race.

It’s little wonder Burnett is a successful competitor, given that his parents, Angela and David, are both multisport athletes.

Burnett is coached by former New Zealand Commonwealth and Olympic track cyclist Matt Randall.

Preparing for the world junior championships has included 300km a week on the road and workouts at the MTB club’s tracks at Bluff, Sandy Point and Bald Hill (near Otautau), as well as strength training.

Burnett will spend a month in Switzerland preparing for the championships, which start on September 6.

“I’m looking forward to it. Should be a cool experience.”

He has received support from the Community Trust of Southland, the BMX club, which organised a fund-raising evening, plus a grant from the MTB club, sponsorship from Dominator Doors and the Wanaka-based 4-Ever Race Team.

His long-term goals include a crack at the full-time professional mountain bike circuit and one day representing New Zealand at the Olympic Games.

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Keeping Invercargill families warm & healthy for 10 years

The ILT Foundation provided funding support at the start-up of this programme at its inception in 2008.  Now 10 years later the Southland Warm Homes Trust has continued and been able to support thousands of families to insulate or better heat their homes keeping Invercargill and Southland families warm and healthy.

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Funding for Netball South confirmed

ILT Foundation president Alan Dennis today confirmed funding of $150,000 for Netball South.

“We all celebrated when the Ascot Park Hotel Southern Steel won the ANZ Premiership title last year but success like that doesn’t just happen. It starts at the grassroots level of the game where young players first develop their skills and that passion for the sport is ignited – and that’s exactly what this funding is for,” he said.

Netball South community manager Jo Ward said the funding would positively impact all facets of the code.

“Coaches, umpires, players and officials will all benefit as we continue to develop netball through our extensive range of programmes,” she said.

“We’ve recently launched netSCHOOLS in Invercargill which targets schools identified to have lower organised sports participation and we’re really excited by the potential it has.

“Netball is massive in teaching secondary school students’ leadership skills because so many of our school teams are coached by senior students. Those skills will continue to equip them well as they embark on adulthood.”

Funding support from the ILT Foundation was crucial to the organisation as it strives to deliver a vast range of opportunities for the community, Winders said.

“This funding empowers us to also make the most of ILT Stadium Southland which is the envy of the community netball world and gives us such an advantage crafting amazing netball experiences for school kids,” she said.

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New Camera on its way for Film Society


ILT Foundation chairman Alan Dennis presents a $40,000 donation to Invercargill Film Society president Di Bonisch at SIT Centrestage earlier this year.

The funds will go towards a new digital cinema projector. Ms Bonisch said the new projector would give the society an opportunity to show more current content with the quality of the sound and image on par with cinema projections.

The Invercargill Film Society screens a variety of movies – foreign films, indie and a few art house titles. All screenings are held at SIT Centrestage.

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On the right track

The Right Track co-ordinator John Finch, of EDUK8 Charitable Trust, introduces a new programme
to address dangerous drivers' behaviour to interested parties at the Invercargill District Court last Monday.

VISITING police cells, being cut out of a smashed car, standing before a judge and hearing from those working on the front line after a car crash will form part of the confronting, eye-opening experience of participants in a new programme to address dangerous driving behaviour.

Initiated by Southland Hospital trauma nurse co-ordinator Rebecca Coats, The Right Track is being launched in the region for the first time.

The programme, which had been delivered in Auckland, Northland, Waikato and Christchurch, was proven to reduce recidivism rates by 80%.

It is aimed at young people aged from 15 to 25 who have committed driving offences, such as speeding, drink driving and driving carelessly or recklessly causing injury.

Programme co-ordinator John Finch, of EDUK8 Charitable Trust, said the programme was designed to teach drivers how to make better choices, not just around their driving but across all areas of their lives.

“We want to target those who have committed an offence once, as they have a higher chance of changing their behaviour than repeat offenders.”

The programme involved nine sessions over five to eight weeks, providing a variety of experiences designed to make the offender understand the effect of their behaviour and help them make better decisions in the future.

Participants would visit police cells, hear from a person with a traumatic brain injury, experience being cut out of a smashed car, face a judge in a mock sentencing, and attend presentations from trauma team about what happens in a crash and what happens after a fatal crash from the perspective of a funeral director/mortician.

The pilot programme was being launched in Southland thanks to funding secured from the ILT Foundation and Community Trust of Southland, along with support from the New Zealand Police, Road Safety Southland, Ministry of Justice, Southern District Health Board, Department of Corrections, Fire and Emergency Services and Macdonald and Weston Funeral Home.

Mr Finch said participants would be referred to The Right Track through various means, including the probation service, court, police diversion and family group conferences.

Completing the programme was not voluntary, but rather would be a condition of offenders’ sentencing, he said.

The first programme in Southland will run in September and October.

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South Alive in running for top honour


ILT Foundation chairman Alan Dennis (left), Invercargill Deputy Mayor Rebecca Amundsen and Community Trust Southland general manager Jackie Flutey cut the ribbon at the opening of South Alive's new community centre The Pod, behind The Pantry, in South City, recently.

THE South Invercargill Urban Rejuvenation Charitable Trust (South Alive) will be in the running for the 2017 Trustpower National Community Awards in Queenstown from April 13-15.

Trustpower community relations representative Alice Boyd, who visited Invercargill recently to help promote this year’s awards, said she thought South Alive, the Invercargill-Southland Regional Supreme Winner for 2017, was in with a good chance of making it a double for Southland by following in the footsteps of fellow Invercargill-based community group Koha Kai, which won the National Supreme Award in 2016.

“Invercargill and the wider Southland region has some incredibly passionate and successful community organisations. This year we’re excited to have South Alive representing Invercargill-Southland at the awards and from what I’ve seen, they’re pretty amazing – that clear impact they’ve had on Invercargill is really cool.”

This year the awards mark 25 years of recognising and rewarding volunteer-based community nationwide. To celebrate the occasion, a greater amount of prize money is being offered.

Miss Boyd said the prize money for an award would double to $1000, while regional supreme winners would receive $2000 (up from $1500 last year). Nominations for this year’s awards opened on March 5 and close on May 31.

Miss Boyd said she encouraged people to go online and nominate a deserving organisation in their community.

“Volunteers don’t like shouting about themselves, so if you can give them a nudge in the right direction or a shout out, that would be great.”

South Invercargill Urban Rejuvenation Charitable Trust chairwoman Robyn Hickman encouraged other volunteer-based groups to enter the community awards.

“As charities or volunteer-based groups we all struggle for funds, so every little bit helps,” she said.

The presentation of the regional awards for Invercargill-Southland will take place in Invercargill in October. The awards are open to all community organisations with a volunteer component.

Anyone can enter a group, and groups can enter themselves.

To nominate an organisation, go to www.trustpower.co.nz/communityawards


Support of Local Funders “Invaluable”

The Invercargill Licensing Trust (ILT), ILT Foundation and Community Trust of Southland have continued to show their support of Presbyterian Support Southland, all re-committing financial support to the organisation for the next year.

The ILT Foundation will commit $115,000 and the ILT $25,000 to PSS which will support Family Works’ Dedicated Intake Service (DIS), the Parenting Programme and a Social Worker position.

The Community Trust of Southland has also re-committed $120,000 in funding for the next year to assist with our Family Works and SupportLink services.

PSS Marketing and Communications Manager Shelley Erskine said the continued funding made an immeasurable difference in enabling the organisation to support so many Southland families in need.

“Family Works supports families who are facing challenging times, and demand for the services offered within the agency continues to be exceptionally high,” she said.

“The support provided by local funders is not only a credit to the excellent work Family Works is doing in the community, but is invaluable in terms of enabling staff to do the work that they do. The funding is very much a valued contribution and impacts positively on families we work alongside.”

In the 2016-2017 year Family Works worked alongside 1223 families through a range of services, programmes and initiatives.

“The support of local funders means a lot to PSS, we are very grateful and really appreciate not only their financial assistance, but their continued acknowledgement that what we are doing is making a difference in the lives of Southlanders,” Ms Erskine said.



Cheque presentation 2018 (from left) Alan Dennis Chairman of ILT, Peter Wards Chief Executive Of Presbyterian Support Southland and Judith

Loss and Grief centre are "Good Sorts"

The ILT foundation is pleased to support the work Caroline Loo and her team do at the Loss and Grief Support Southland Centre, in Tay Street, Invercargill.

Check out the video of the centre on TVNZ Good Sorts show earlier this year.

Road Safety Southland MYPLC Driver License Pilot Programme

Angela Newell, ILT Foundation Trustee, presents a grant cheque from ILT Foundation for a new pilot programme to help clients at MYPLC gain their drivers license. This pilot programme has been formulated by Road Safety Southland.