The Mangawhai Opportunity Factory turn unwanted goods into funds for valuable community projects

Opportunity knocks in Mangawhai

by Andy Bryenton

The very successful, community-spirited opportunity factory project continues to deliver dividends for the people of Mangawhai, with applications now open for another round of funding, benefitting local initiatives.

Well in excess of $160,000 has been disbursed to boost the projects of more than 30 groups, societies and clubs around the Mangawhai area since The Factory opened its wide roller doors two years ago. Donated goods are turned into cash for improvements to the town, thanks to the work of volunteers who take care of everything from driving the pick-up van to staffing the shop and tidying up donations ready for sale.

Up until February 28, the opportunity exists for those keen to undertake works that benefit Mangawhai and its people to apply for disbursement of funds from The Factory. There are three categories which a project can fall under to qualify. These are ‘Mangawhai for Mangawhai’; projects, which may help complete or facilitate social or infrastructure initiatives in the area. ‘Step Up’ for groups, which may not have a charitable trust or legal entity but require funds to enable the realisation of a beneficial community project. ‘Youth Achievement’, specifically for recognised youth groups in the Mangawhai area who support young people and help teach them valuable skills.

Those who wish to make an application for funds are encouraged by The Factory’s trustees to email for further information. People who would like to help by donating goods to be sold through the opportunity factory will also be gratefully welcomed.