Casino trust distributes $41,000 to community

Trustees of the Dunedin Casino Charitable Trust yesterday presented their first distribution of $41,000 to representatives of 21 Dunedin community groups at the Dunedin Casino.

The trust was set up to distribute funds, passed from the casino to a trust, for local charitable groups.

The trustees – chairman Sir Clifford Skeggs, Steve Davie, Gillian Bremner, Dave Henry and Ron Esplin – assessed and granted the distributions, which were independent of the casino operation.

Applications for this round of funding were reported by the trust as “well in excess of the funds available”.

The Otago Community Hospice received $5000, while the Middleton Early Childhood Centre, the Salvation Army, Presbyterian Support and the Order of St John each received $3000.

Eight groups received $2000 each and another eight $1000 each.

A total of $50,000 was handed over to the trustees. The $9000 balance will go towards the second of two biannual distributions.

Trustee Ron Esplin said the trust planned to distribute between $80,000 and $100,000 a year.

The next funding distribution is at the end of May. Applications are being taken at Polson Higgs and Co, which manages the funds.

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