A $5000 donation by Powerco is kick-starting the campaign to replace Coroglen Hall's "cold and dangerous" toilet facilities.
The toilets in the Coromandel farming community’s century-old hall are currently located down steep wooden steps below the stage, without wheelchair access.
Coroglen Hall representative Pam Lingard said the $5000 Powerco donation was a fantastic start to the fundraising drive to replace the toilets with more suitable facilities.
“We were pleasantly astonished at the size of the donation. It’s a wonderful way to kick off the fundraising venture. It’s given everyone the motivation and inspiration to get things going again,” Mrs Lingard said.
Powerco corporate affairs manager Neil Holdom said the donation represented the company’s continued commitment to investing in the area.
“Powerco is delighted to be able to help the Coroglen community in this way. Community halls are important hubs for farming communities in New Zealand and, as such, Powerco wanted to support Coroglen’s fundraising drive for improved facilities in their hall,” he said.
Two years ago, Powerco invested $6 million into a network upgrade between Kaimarama and Coroglen. Since going live, the new 110,000 volt line has greatly reduced the number and duration of power cuts to about 9500 customers on the upper Coromandel Peninsula.