Trust Donations Surpass $3million

The Auckland Airport Community Trust has now invested over $3million into local community projects following its 2014 round of donations.

The Trust was established in 2003 and its latest awards will see a total of $299,616 donated to nine charities that operate within the Trust’s Area of Benefit, delivering education, literacy and life skills initiatives.  

The Auckland Airport Community Trust (AACT) receives over $250,000 a year from Auckland Airport and distributes the money annually to local organisations that benefit local communities in the airport’s flight path.

Dawn Engelbrecht, Auckland Airport Community Trust Chairperson, says that the latest funding milestone demonstrates the positive impact that the Trust has achieved in the community.

“Over the past 11 years the Trust partnered with a range of local charity partners to ensure that the local community is a place where children, young people and families can be successful – particularly in regards to education and employment.  

“Granting over $3million is a significant achievement for the Trust and demonstrates our on-going commitment to raise the bar in our communities.”

One of this year’s successful recipients is Ngā Rangatahi Toa, who will receive a grant of $9,750 to support their highly innovative youth programme ChangeMakers.  Ngā Rangatahi Toa’s programmes use culturally responsive creative arts mentoring to support young people from alternative education or youth that are NEET (not in education, employment or training of any kind).  They have a 100% success rate in transitioning young people into employment or back into education.

Also receiving funding this year is Storytime Foundation, whose Books for Babies programme delivers books into low income homes with new-born babies. Storytime partners with Well Child providers such as Plunket to deliver the books, ensuring that families are supported to understand the bonding and literacy benefits of reading with their children from a young age.

Tony Culliney, Storytime Chief Executive, says that the support of AACT has been invaluable to their programme.

“Our Manukau programme has received tremendous support from AACT over the years, supporting the families living in the flight path.  We have an on-going relationship with Plunket and have, through the work of Plunket’s frontline staff, already enrolled over 1000 new families in the six months to the end of June, in addition to those already participating at the beginning of the year.”