Beacon community assist fund

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COMMUNITY ASSIST: Beacon managing director John Spring announces the new Beacon Community Assist Fund at the comapny's recent 80th birthday celebrations. Photo Troy Baker D8484-006

Running a fundraising event and need help with costs?

The Beacon has this week launched an assistance fund aimed at giving community organisations a hand-up, rather than a hand-out.

Sponsorship of $500 a month is available to help with the cost of setting up and running an event.

Beacon managing director John Spring said the Beacon Community Assist Fund had been set up as a formal structure for the company to give something back to the community.

“In our 80th year it’s fitting that we continue to help the community that the Beacon plays a big part of, and receives a lot of support from,” he said.

“We are very grateful for that support. The assist fund will help community groups with their fundraising events, sponsoring $500 each month to a deserving cause.”

The first applications can be made in June via the Beacon website https://thebeacon.co.nz/about-us/assist/ and the first recipient will be selected in the first week of July.

To qualify applicants must be a not-for-profit community organisation such as schools, sports clubs, charities and community groups.

The event must be an upcoming fundraising project run by the organisation to raise funds for a particular purpose. Assistance will not be provided retrospectively for events that have already been held.

Advertisements will run in the Beacon every Tuesday promoting the fund.