Te Awamutu Rowing Club hits the water thanks to The Lion Foundation

Tuesday 8 September 2009, 9:40PM

By New Zealand Sponsorship Agency



Te Awamutu Rowing Club Incorporated has received a much needed boost thanks to The Lion Foundation.


A recent grant from The Lion Foundation for $36,000 has assisted the organisation with the purchase of two new doubles rowing boats. This is in addition to a $10,000 grant from the charitable trust that was given in December 2008 and assisted with the club’s recently completed lake pontoon.


Allan Barugh, Club Captain, Te Awamutu Rowing Club says the boats are desperately needed and will enable more rowers to compete.


“Our five current boats are beyond repair, extremely old and continuously used for training or at rowing regattas, consequently many of our members are not able to compete in doubles. Thanks to the generosity of The Lion Foundation, we are able to provide two new boats for our members. This will enable more of our club members to get out on the water and enjoy the challenge of competition.”


Operating for over 20 years and one of the country’s most widely respected charitable trusts, The Lion Foundation is proud to encourage the enjoyment and skill of various sporting activities, by distributing back to the local community the funds raised through its gaming venue at the Commercial Hotel.


The Lion Foundation Chief Executive Phil Holden says “Kiwis love sport and Te Awamutu Rowing Club is committed to offering equipment that enables as many of its members as possible to enjoy rowing.”


Mr Holden adds: “The Lion Foundation is proud to support this organisation. We acknowledge the club’s variety of members, including under 15 year old teams and masters, and we wish them all every success.”


The Lion Foundation funds a wide range of arts, cultural, sporting, educational and health focused causes. This approach has been in place for many years and is designed to ensure the charitable trust’s support reaches as many New Zealand communities as possible.