A Rotorua not-for-profit organisation says it wouldn’t be able to do the work it does without a New Zealand Community Trust grant.
We recently awarded Rotorua Mountain Bike Club $25,000 towards a first response unit at Whakarewarewa Forest. Half a million recreational visitors come to the Whakarewarewa Forest each year, and a large number of them are mountain bikers. Inevitably, some of them will part company with their bikes, injure themselves and need rescuing.
Club president Mathew Hunt said it was great to receive the funding. “For us, we set up the first response unit as we recognised a need in the community and we had to find the funding first. How do you keep the service going?”
The first response unit works weekends, public and school holidays, and events such as Crankworx when there are more people in town.
Mr Hunt said there had been good feedback from people using the service. "It costs $450 to $500 a day to run, so the $25,000 will cover 50-odd days of service. It’s a significant chunk of our annual operating budget."