WBS grants continue to help community groups to prosper

WBS is very proud to support local initiatives, fulfilling our purpose in ‘Helping our community prosper’. This month we continue to showcase some fabulous local organisations who were successful in their applications for our WBS community funding round back in April 2023.

The team at Ellie’s Canine Rescue: From left to right Vicky Hayward, Nathan Hayward and Nicole Doriguzzi.

One worthy recipient was not-for-profit charity Ellie’s Canine Rescue in Masterton. Established in 2019, the charity takes in dogs from private surrenders as well as many pounds across the country to be placed in foster care until they find their forever families. The grant received will assist with a desexing campaign.

Here’s what Ellie’s Canine Rescue had to say about their grant: ‘This money is going to enable us to desex dogs in the community that otherwise would have had unwanted litters. We are so excited!’

,Above: Julie Knauf, riding Curious Ginge is one of the riders who’ll benefit from MiMM clips.

Wairarapa Eventing was another recipient of our most recent grant funding round. This is an area group delegated by Equestrian Sports New Zealand (ESNZ). Their purpose is to promote, develop and enable the equestrian discipline of Eventing in Wairarapa, a region already strong in horse sports.

This is what Wairarapa Eventing had to say about their grant: ‘The funding generously provided by WBS will go towards purchasing MiMM clips, a safety device added to cross country fences, so that we can ensure we have taken every possible precaution to keep our athletes safe during the cross-country phase.’

Above: The incredible line-up of speakers who featured at this year’s Wairarapa Business Summit.

An organisation doing important work in our community is Business Wairarapa, one of the 33 local organisations to receive funding in the latest round. They were granted funding for The Wairarapa Business Summit, held on 10 August 2023.

Here’s what Business Wairarapa had to say about their grant: ‘Funding from WBS has gone towards getting high-profile speakers to Wairarapa for the Wairarapa Business Summit, while keeping the cost to attend at a manageable level for the local business community.’