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'Giving back' the motive for huge pool donation

December 18th, 2017
[by David Armstrong]

Leeon Johnston of Bayleys Real Estate has fulfilled his pledge made in April to donate a proportion of his commissions from his property sales, up to $25,000, to the Motueka Community indoor swimming pool project.

Last week he handed over a cheque of $10,000 to pool committee members as the first instalment of his pledge.

This was great news to the project team, following soon after agreements were signed by all parties to proceed with the project to enclose the Motueka High School pool.

A strong desire to "give back" to the Motueka community led Leeon in April 2017 to pledge an eventual total of $25,000 to support the pool fundraising effort.

The project is to enclose the existing Motueka High School swimming pool and build public bathing facilities, which eventually will enable the facility to be used by the community for a much longer swimming season.

"I'm a fourth generation Motuekan and very proud of my town," Leeon says. "It has supported me in my business endeavours in the past and still does, and I would like to give back to it. Doing this is my way of saying thank you."

Fred Hickling, chair of the fundraising committee, says Leeon's generous initiative is hugely welcomed by his team.

"Knowing how well respected Leeon is within Motueka, this will doubtless encourage other businesses to think about ways of helping us reach our fundraising target," he says.

Photo: Leeon Johnston (left) handing over the symbolic $10,000 cheque to pool committee members Daryl McLean, Sue Clark and Fred Hickling.

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