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Lending a hand to our communities

Being a good citizen is all about being an active part of the communities in which you operate. For TrustPower that means lending a hand to those who need it most.

One organisation that has received a hand up from TrustPower is the Greymouth SPCA, a voluntary run organisation that cares for sick, injured and mistreated animals.

The TrustPower West Coast Lend A Hand Foundation, a TrustPower initiated partnership supported by many West Coast businesses, has recently granted the SPCA $983 to run its animal ambulance. The grant means the SPCA can keep the ambulance registered and warranted, as well as getting some new tyres and a service. The grant also stretched to buying some good polish and wax for the ambulance, which SPCA Chairperson Margaret Sadler says will keep help the infamous West Coast rust at bay. “The animal ambulance goes to a lot of call outs all hours of the day and night. If we didn’t have the ambulance we would definitely be cast, and would struggle to provide our vital service,” says Margaret.

The TrustPower West Coast Lend A Hand Foundation, run in conjunction with the Rotary Clubs of Greymouth, Hokitika and Westport, gives individuals and small organisations a hand up. TrustPower Lend A Hand Foundations are also operating in Central Otago and Dunedin with Rotary Clubs there, and in Snowtown, Australia, in conjunction with the local Lions Club.

“The TrustPower Lend A Hand Foundation is of huge value to our community and without the Foundation’s support we would be lost,” says Margaret.

Thanks to that support the Greymouth SPCA can focus on what they do best - looking after the animals in their care. “We have a roster of fabulous volunteers who dote on our animals. But there is no cuddling until the cleaning and feeding have been done!”