Eltham Computers in Homes is going forward in 2009 with the formation of a new trust. Taranaki E-Learning Trust was set up in November 2008 with five trustees: Karen Cave, Richard Oliver, David Birchler, Chester Borrows and Troy Egan.
Elaine Gill has gracefully consented to be our Patron. She's a very busy lady, and while she offered her aid in setting up the trust, she was unable to become a trustee. She was grateful to know that her involvement as patron will be limited to attending functions and accepting prizes on our behalf!
The Taranaki E-Learning trust takes over the Computers in Homes challenge from Eltham Community Care, who helped us manage and oversee the 2006-2008 Computers in Homes project with funding from DIA's Community Partnership Fund.
Our trust deed is based on the 2020 Communications Trust deed so that we can be aligned with the other regional 2020 trusts that are being created throughout the country.
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Friends and family and many supporters came to the magnificent old Eltham Town Hall to witness the Graduation of thirty-seven people from Computers in Homes. All of the guest speakers acknowledged the huge achievement of the graduates and congratulated them on their success. The mayor of South Taranaki District, Ross Dunlop, MP Harry Duynhoven, MP Chester Borrows, MP Tariana Turia and National Computers in Homes Coordinator Di Das spoke in a ceremony that graduates will remember for a long time. Said one graduate: "I thought it was not going to be a big deal. We'd come along, someone would hand us a certificate, we'd all shake hands, have lunch and go home. I didn't even change outta my old clothes. Then I walked into the hall, and Whoa, it IS a big deal. I was so embarrassed that I was in my old clothes. It was a REALLY big deal."