Resource Rescue is a new social enterprise managed by Envision on behalf of the Entrust Foundation. It is all about saving appliances from landfill and workers from unemployment and has emerged from Auckland Council's new inorganic collection service.
After just three months of full operation we are wrapt that Resource Rescue is the inaugural winner of the 2016 Rotary Newmarket Kick-start Award run in conjunction with the Ākina Foundation.
The prize is a much needed $10,000 capital injection into the business to allow Resource Rescue to expand its operation. We intend to do this by buying equipment to improve our workspace and to set up a website. These changes will allow us to take on volunteers, and engage more effectively in direct sales, thereby avoiding the success fees we occur through our online auctions. But perhaps just as valuable as the cash prize are the relationships we can now build with Rotary Newmarket members. We appreciated the many kind offers of assistance and advice we received on the night of the awards has already proven useful.
On behalf of the Entrust Foundation board of trustees, our thanks go to Rotary Newmarket and the Ākina Foundation for launching the Rotary Newmarket Kick-start Award. We're also grateful to the Maungakiekie-Tamaki Local Board for providing seed funding with the goal of increasing employment in their area, Waste Management for providing incubation space on their site in Penrose, and the Community Recycling Network for providing general support and access to materials.