22 Aug 2016

Newsletter | August 2016 | Life-changing legacies

Chromebooks are boosting kids' learning in Papakura
Chromebooks are boosting kids’ learning in Papakura

​1. Building pathways to success

Mana-ā-riki is a programme by Middlemore Foundation which holistically addresses issues in health, housing and education for some of New Zealand’s most vulnerable children. As part of the programme, The Ted and Mollie Carr Endowment Trust, proudly managed by Perpetual Guardian, will give $150,000 over three years to Edmund Hillary School in Papakura – one of six schools participating in the programme.

The programme places a strong focus on digital learning. In June, pupils in three classrooms at the school received Chromebooks. As a result of the notebooks, principals of participating schools have said they “can feel the difference walking into the classrooms.”

“Children are more engaged in their learning and their behaviour has improved.”

Northern Regional Manager, Yunus, poses with a puppy
Northern Regional Manager, Yunus, poses with a puppy

2. Funding a new puppy-mobile

Nesta Harriett Taylor, a widow with no children who resided in Auckland, established to N H Taylor Trust by deed in 2000. Throughout her life, Mrs Taylor gave generously to a number of charities which were relevant to her own life in various ways. Her legacy supports various charities from the Blind Foundation through to Alzheimers New Zealand.

During her lifetime, she had sponsored a number of guide puppies and gained a great deal of personal satisfaction in being able to assist people to live better lives with a guide dog at their side.

This year, funds donated by the N H Taylor Trust were used to purchase a new van for the Blind Foundation, which will transport guide dog puppies to and from their various training areas.

3. Saving an essential service

When Nelson Client Assistant Julia Higgs and Client Manager Mike Elson-Brown learned the Postnatal Support Network (PND) Nelson was in financial difficulty, they wanted to do something about it.

Mike manages the Hilda Bottomley Charitable Trust. Mrs Bottomley was an English woman who settled in Nelson in the 1960s. When she passed away in 2006, she gifted the majority of her estate to the Trust she established.

“We saw a local need and a very important one”, said Mike. “It is an organisation women can go to directly for free counselling — they don’t have to wait to go through the whole system”.

PND Nelson received a $5,000 gift from the Hilda Bottomley Charitable Trust. “This has been a wonderful stepping stone,” said PND Nelson Chairwoman, Harriet Denham.

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