Waikato RMBA helps hydrotherapy fund raising

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The Waikato Registered Master Builders Association believes in supporting the local community, and recently raised nearly $600 for the Hamilton Hydrotherapy Pool Charitable Trust at its annual golf tournament recently


The Trust is aiming to raise $1.2m to construct a purpose-built hydrotherapy pool located at Waterworld in Te Rapa.


Hydrotherapy is exercise in water that is heated to 33-35˚C to help people regain or maintain physical function and strength. It also has positive psychological, physiological and social benefits.


“We have an annual golf tournament and choose a different charity each year to support,” Waikato Registered Master Builders Association’s Colleen Walker says.


“Each year, our aim is to support one of the local Waikato charities.”


This year the Association chose to run its golf day at the Waitomo Golf Club. It’s a fun day out for all, and includes prizes for closest to the pin, betting holes, raffles, food and drinks and, of course, a round of golf too!


“This year we had 110 players on the course, made up of local builders and other tradesmen from the area,” Colleen says.


Registered Master Builder Andrew Proudlock from AP Developments and Waikato Concrete Crushing had good reason to support the 2009 golf tournament. His wife suffers from rheumatoid arthritis, so he understands the benefits of heated hydrotherapy pools for people with chronic pain.


“Having access to a heated pool will help with my wife’s movement and give her the chance to exercise in a supportive environment,” Mr Proudlock says.


Andrew’s business, Waikato Concrete Crushing, sponsored a hole at the tournament, and he’s offered the use of his diggers and trucks at no charge to help out when the construction begins in 2010.


We look forward to keeping track of developments at the hydrotherapy pool, and will be featuring a follow-up story in a future issue of Building Today.


Thanks to Waikato Registered Master Builders for their continued support of their local community. If you’d like to know more about how you can support the Hamilton Hydrotherapy Pool Charitable Trust, visit www.hydrotrust.co.nz.