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Trust delivers funds to wide-ranging initiatives

Wed 4 Apr 2012 In: New Zealand Daily News View at Wayback View at NDHA

Gay film nights, lesbian history banners and a positive health scheme for people living with HIV are among the projects which have received funding from the Gay Auckland Business Association’s Charitable Trust. The Trust has split $15,000 between seven groups under its Community Grants programme. “It’s very rewarding for us to be able to give much needed financial support to a range of GBLT organisations who are delivering diverse services and cultural activities to our community” said Trust Chair Gresham Bradley. “On top of the three Scholarships we awarded in December last year, the total amount distributed from funds raised at the GABA Gold Auction is over $20,000” he said. The 2012 GABA Charitable Trust Grants awarded tonight were: Rainbow Youth $3,000 - for a reprint of a series of posters developed by youth for youth that were previously sponsored by the GABA charitable trust and cover postage for schools and youth centres in the Auckland area. Body Positive - $3,000 to support the Positive Health scheme to meet the expenses of doctors’ consultation fees and other medical costs for people living with HIV who do not have funds to meet these costs. No 8 Films - $2,500 for venue to hold the Gay Monthly Film Nights at Rialto Cinemas from March through to February 2013. Reel Queer - $2,500 for promotion, posters, advertising and film rental for a special Youth programme of short films for the 2012 Film Festival. Charlotte Museum - $2,000 for the production of Banners on the history of the Lesbian Ball and the emergence of lesbian art for the early artists display. Queen of the Whole Universe - $1,200 to cover the cost of Stage 2 and Stage 3 of the QWU Podcast Interviews with participants in the 10th and final performance of Queen of the Whole Universe. NZ AIDS Memorial Quilt - $400 per year for three years for website and operational costs during and following the transfer of the Quilt to Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Working with GABA’s Executive team, the Charitable Trust has several fundraising events coming up in the next few months. These include hosting the GABA Pink Bus to the Pink Ball at Chateau Tongariro Hotel Ruapehu in May and the return of the Lesbian Ball in July. The annual Charity Auction which will be held in early October.    

Credit: Daily News staff

First published: Wednesday, 4th April 2012 - 9:11pm

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