Steven Smith has been involved in over 100 local productions since his debut in the early 1980s, working with Hamilton Operatic, Musicmakers and many Waikato schools.
Steven sees hundreds of youngsters involved in music shows and competitions... Even if they don’t land up in performance careers, the skills and experience gained on the stage benefit many aspects of their lives.
“I am supporting the new Waikato Regional Theatre so those kids can see international-standard shows in the same space where they themselves can perform. We will all benefit from them having a place to realise their potential.”
“To put a world-class theatre right in the heart of the CBD, right next to the food precinct is brilliant,” she says. “The way it engages the river as well as the CBD, I think it’s great.”
Charlotte hopes her donation will encourage other members of the public to do the same. She feels if we want Hamilton to be a more creative and inspiring place, we all need to contribute somehow.
Often volunteering is the way to contribute - but Charlotte thinks if people can put money in, they should. She believes general philanthropy needs to be encouraged.
A desire for her and her siblings’ grandchildren to have an equal opportunity to achieve is why Nancy Caiger got involved in an initiative focused on the needs and aspirations of local women and girls.
“I wanted my gifts to provide some leverage, a base that others can build upon in the years ahead.”
The Waikato Women’s Fund follows the example of the Auckland Foundation’s Women’s Fund. Research shows women donate differently – smaller more frequent giving over longer timespans, with a real interest in those who benefit.
The Waikato has a number of great general funders, but Nancy could see the need for a sustainable support system guided by and targeted at local women.
This is the story of a woman who has always wanted more – not for herself; but always for others. Amanda B inspires us at Momentum Waikato Community Foundation for many reasons.
Among them are her perpetual desire to give back as well as boldly give forward to those whom she will never know.
The desire to lead a giving life was engrained in her from her early days in Yorkshire.