Media Release: Kids Ready for Big Splash As Water Temperature Rises For Rural School

Excitement is rife in Ngakuru, Bay of Plenty as the community and school anticipates the end of “Operation Defrost.”

Ngakuru’s rural primary school situated 30km South of Rotorua took out first place in Tru-Test Group’s ‘Stafix Powering Your Community’ campaign securing $5000 in prize money for “Operation Defrost” a community effort to move from survival lessons to swimming lessons with the heating of their school pool. Ngakuru School narrowly edged out the Winton Maternity Centre in Southland which has taken the second prize of $3000 to upgrade its birthing unit. Mangaweka’s rural farming community near Taihape followed through in third place with $2000 toward a new and safe Playcentre building.

The Stafix Powering Your Community campaign was open to rural communities all over the country. Tru-Test Group narrowed entries to a top ten looking for distinctly rural projects which would have a strong community impact. Success was then in the hands of communities to gather as many votes as possible to win a share of a $10,000 for their nominated local venture.

Hazel Grainger-Allen spokesperson for “Operation Defrost” and PTA member at Ngakuru School says winning the campaign gives their project ‘a big green tick’. Now they hope to have the solar system in place, with the pool filled and warm, by mid-November so pupils have a good six weeks of lessons and fun before the end of the school year. After that, the pool will be available for school families and the local community over the summer.

 “We are really thankful to Tru-Test Group for running the Stafix Powering Your Community campaign. We had managed to raise a fantastic $12,000 through many community events and this windfall has made the difference between getting started with Operation Defrost rather than holding off for more fundraising.”

“This week we started work preparing our changing shed roof for the new solar system and it has been reported that togs and towels have already been seen sneaking into school bags.”

Wayne Hurunui, Tru-Test Group’s Area Sales Manager for Bay of Plenty and East Waikato handed over the ‘big cheque’ at the school’s final assembly for the term.