The $1.5 million redevelopment of the Géraldine estate will begin soon

Geraldine Combined Sports Association President Aaron McCullough, center, and his family, left to right, Hilary, Alice, 7, Annie, 3, and Olive, 9, celebrate reaching the goal of $100,000 to complete the Geraldine Estate redevelopment project.

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Geraldine Combined Sports Association President Aaron McCullough, center, and his family, left to right, Hilary, Alice, 7, Annie, 3, and Olive, 9, celebrate reaching the goal of $100,000 to complete the Geraldine Estate redevelopment project.

The community has been hailed as “nothing short of amazing”, raising the $100,000 needed to complete the Geraldine Estate redevelopment project, and work is expected to begin soon.

Last November, the association Geraldine Combined Sports (GCS) called on the community to raise the necessary funds to complete the $1.5 million project, by the end of the year, and the response included children donating their pocket money, stalls at the supermarket and dress-up days.

On Tuesday, GCS chairman Aaron McCullough said it was “jubilant” to have achieved the goal.

As part of the redevelopment, all-weather lit multi-sport artificial turf will be laid on four of the estate’s six existing courts, with new cricket nets installed, new signage, storage facilities, a network of lit pathways, a Improved parking spaces and landscaping.

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Geraldine’s community effort was “nothing short of incredible”, he said.

“We held a sponsored mass exercise event and corny home videos, to name a few of the events that were part of the campaign.”

He was grateful for the help given by the sports clubs during the fundraising campaign as well as by the people who coordinated and staffed the stands, designed fundraising activities and promoted the campaign. He also acknowledged the efforts and commitment of the GCS Board of Directors over the years.

Timaru Geraldine Ward District Councilor Gavin Oliver, left, Geraldine Combined Sports Chairman Aaron McCullough, Anna Coleman and Geraldine Community Council Chairman Wayne O'Donnell celebrate the fundraiser.

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Timaru Geraldine Ward District Councilor Gavin Oliver, left, Geraldine Combined Sports Chairman Aaron McCullough, Anna Coleman and Geraldine Community Council Chairman Wayne O’Donnell celebrate the fundraiser.

“Many people have invested so much in this project to make it happen, and we have been incredibly humbled by the donations that have poured in and the support we have received from so many people.”

McCullough said the past two years have been difficult for many of Geraldine’s businesses, making the “generous contributions from the business community all the more important.”

“Without corporate support, we literally would not have achieved our goal, and we are delighted to be able to recognize our major donors on a supporters board which will be placed prominently in the grounds once the project is complete. ” he said.

“People should take note of the companies and organizations that have contributed to this campaign and actively support them in return. Locals support locals, that’s how we do things at Geraldine. »

Geraldine Combined Sports Association President Aaron McCullough, left, and community children and parents in November.

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Geraldine Combined Sports Association President Aaron McCullough, left, and community children and parents in November.

Geraldine Community Council Chairman Wayne O’Donnell said Geraldine has a reputation for supporting important community projects.

“While the $100,000 goal was bold given the current environment, we did it and now the community will have an asset that will benefit generations to come,” O’Donnell said.

Project manager John Wilson has confirmed that earthworks will begin in the coming weeks and the turf should be laid by the end of March, with landscaping and other tasks to follow.

“Progress has been hampered by supply issues due to Covid, but things are finally moving,” Wilson said.

Maria D. Ervin