More funds needed for club refurbishment


The North End Rowing Club has embarked on a refurbishment project that is designed to modernise and maximise the club facilities by undertaking the following:
Refurbishing the female and male changing rooms, including toilets and showers, to meet the increase in rowing numbers;
The provision of a disability toilet (currently there is none);
Remodelling disused squash courts by extending the top floor of the upstairs lounge meeting room to create fitness training rooms to house the Ergometers which are currently located in the lounge/ meeting room;
Adding windows into the remodelled squash courts.
The estimated cost of the project is $262,700.
To date, the club has raised $120,000 from the sale of the club’s Twizel house and several grants.
The club has received grants from the Dunedin City Council $2000, Otago Community Trust $80,000 and the Lion Foundation $25,000.
This leaves the club with a $35,000 shortfall to complete the refurbishment project.
The club is undertaking a range of fundraising activities including two quiz evenings, a business house corporate eight challenge, where approximately 10 businesses enter teams which undergo a six-week training programme that finishes with a regatta, sausage sizzles during the season and a charity golf event.
In addition to those fundraising efforts, the club is selling the book The Kiwi Pair, hot off the shelf from Hamish Bond and Eric Murray.
The book, which has a recommended retail price of $39.95, can purchased for $35 through North End, with proceeds going to help the renovations.
To place your order, please email Ellen Seaton
The club has recently set up a GiveALittle page to help raise the $35,000 shortfall, which people can donate to northendrowingclubinc.
There is also an one-off special to gather some funds, in which people can become a lifetime club member to North End Rowing club for $5000.
Please email Ellen Seaton if you would like to take up this once-in-a-lifetime offer.
The club will be celebrating our 125th Anniversary Labour Weekend 2017 and we will be able to show that today’s club committee members, like those before, are committed to providing good facilities for those wanting to take up the sport of rowing.
We invite you to come and visit our clubrooms and see the progress to date with the building renovations.