SkyCity grants top $95,000

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Expect to see junior Queenstown Cricket Club players wearing sun-safe floppy hats this summer. 

That’s thanks to a $2500 grant from SkyCity Queenstown Community Trust. Through the trust, the casino is donating $95,378.27 this year to 44 Queenstown Lakes com-munity groups, as part of its operating licence. 

Donations top $900,000 in the past eight years. 

“We’re proud to help improve community life and family wellbeing in Queens­town,” trust chairman Clark Pirie says. 

This year’s largest sum, $6656, goes to the Kingston Community Association to build a 125-metre wetland boardwalk. 

Remarkable Theatre, formerly Queenstown Shakespeare Trust, receives $2500 to stage 10 comedy scenes in the Gardens over Summerdaze 2011. 

Lake County A&P Society is awarded $2007 to buy jumps for its new showjumping format at its next Lake Hayes show in January. 

A $4000 grant will help pay hall hire for the National Patchwork and Quilting Symposium in Queenstown next April. 

Disabilities Resource Centre will produce a map showing disabled-accessible facilities in Queenstown from its $2000 grant. 

Other Wakatipu groups funded include Arrowtown Entertainers, to stage another pre-Christmas pantomime, Alzheimers Society Southland, Arrowtown Scouts Group, Arrownet, Arrowtown Volunteer Fire Brigade, Attitude Programmes, Frankton Kindergarten, Frankton Playcentre, Glenorchy Community Association pool committee, Montessori, Queenstown and Southern Lakes Highland Pipeband, Queenstown Life Trust, Queenstown Playcentre, Queenstown Preschool & Nursery, Queenstown Primary, Rockformation, St Joseph’s School, Supporting Families Wakatipu, Wakatipu Scouts, Wakatipu Toy Library and Wakatipu Trails Trust.