Dec 2, 2015

School children and the vulnerable benefit from grants

From taking opera to schools to feeding Wellington’s most vulnerable people, the last Nikau Foundation awards ceremony for the year distributed more than $170,000 to nearly 40 causes in the Wellington region on Monday night (Nov 30).

The event was hosted at the old harbour board room at the Wellington Museum by Wellington Mayor Celia Wade- Brown, who is also a Nikau Foundation board member.

The Mayor praised the generosity of the region’s people making it possible to support such varied causes such as children’s enjoyment of the city to health outcomes. She said the grant recipients had also shown that they could take the smallest of grants and make it into a great success.

In addressing the audience, Robbie Ross from the Wellington City Mission said that the mission had been giving meals to Wellingtons’ most vulnerable people since 1904. Last year they had served 17,978 meals and the first seven months of this year they has served 13,579.

He said the drop in centre was about much more than food as sometimes it was the only companionship the users had during their days. A community advocate could also help them with other issues they may have.

The money from the Nikau Foundation (through the Francis and Dianne Small Endowment Fund) would be used for kitchen equipment for the mission.

Alexandra Granville, Development Manager at New Zealand Opera, said their grant (through the Richard & Doreen Evans Charitable Trust) would be used for their Opera in Schools programme. Currently in its third season, the innovative programme brings professional opera singers to school halls around the Wellington region. Designed as an introduction to the genre, Opera in Schools presents adaptations of popular works in an entertaining and educational way.

Feedback from the children was extremely positive and opera had been made more accessible to them by questions and answer session and supporting notes for the teacher.

This year they will perform the Italian comic opera The Elixir of Love, sung in English to make it more accessible.

Amber Proudfoot, from the Mary Potter Hospice, said the grant would be used for much needed upgrade of patient rooms at their In-Patient Unit in Newtown. She said while the hospice had an 18 bed In-Patient facility, their community hospice programme was by far their largest part of their service, with around 240-260 people directly receiving care at any one time.

The Nikau Foundation is a charity in the community foundation model – which is the fastest growing form of philanthropy in the world. It embodies the concept of: “give where you live” and encourages local people to leave a gift to their community.

Last night’s recipients came from the arts, health and science, the environment, and those who support the vulnerable in our society and many other causes.

Earlier events this year to make awards for Nikau Foundation’s Tindall grants and a Kapiti Coast function have seen the Foundation distribute more than $300,000 in the Wellington region in 2015.

L to R – Brian Burge (Nikau Foundation administration manager), Catherine Stewart (Wellington Multiple Sclerosis Society), Judy Kerr (Volunteer Wellington), Robbie Ross (Wellington City Mission), Nikki Saffery (Wellington Women’s Health Collective).

The full list of recipients last night are:

New Zealand Vice-Chancellors' Committee
Music fellowship awards

The Arts Foundation
Theatre Fund

Universities New Zealand
Administration costs

Arohanui Strings
Teacher salary

Arthritis New Zealand
Education courses

Cancer Society - Wellington Division
Support information services

Crohns and Colitis NZ
Cost of camp

Ducks Unlimited (Wairio Wetlands)
To plant 4000 plants

Gillies McIndoe Research Institute
Medical equipment

Karori Sanctuary Trust
Pest control programme

Louise Perkins Foundation
For clothing for cancer patients

Malaghan Institute
PhD candidate scholarship

Mary Potter Hospice
Regular annual application

Mary Potter Hospice
Upgrading furnishings in patient’s rooms

New Zealand School of Dance
Graduation season performance

NZ Kindergartens
Annual professional development grants

NZ Opera
Opera in Schools

NZ Organisation for Rare Disorders
Database development

Pinehaven Playcentre
Dress up costumes for fantasy play

Riding for the Disabled - Hutt
Buying a new pony for RDA

Rimutaka Forest Park Charitable Trust Inc.
Predator trapping network

Rongotai College Van Fundraising Group
Fundraising group for a college van

Rotary Club of Plimmerton charitable Trust
Te Aro Piko walkway - Plimmerton

Royal NZ Ballet
To run 2 Programmes

Royal NZ Foundation of the Blind
Veterinary cost

Samaritans of Wellington Inc.
Project to extend phone line

Schizophrenia Fellowship Wairarapa
Wage of volunteer coordinator

Speech NZ
Annual speech NZ scholarship

St Mary of the Angels
Seismic strengthening of St Mary’s Church

Star Jam
Venue costs for function

The Rimutaka Crossing 1915-1918 Memorial Re-enactment Group
Mileage cost for the Re-enactment

Volunteer Wellington
Expenses of Community Challenge Programme

Wellington City Mission
Kitchen equipment for the drop-in centre

Wellington Down Syndrome Association
Teaching practice programme

Wellington Hospital Foundations

Wellington Multiple Sclerosis Society
Field worker salary

Wellington Women's Health Collective





Nikau Foundation Media Release - School children and the vulnerable benefit from grants



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