Born and bred here, Marcus Feisst says the fast-growing Waikato needs to build world-class facilities like the Waikato Regional Theatre to really fulfill its potential.
“If the quality of the building is top level it will attract top talent and have a big flow-on effect to further development. We’ve got to be committed to producing something spectacular."
“I’m looking forward to seeing my kids on its stage,” he says, recognising that getting up in front of an audience builds self-confidence and character, regardless of where you then go in life.
Laurie Pilling and his company Admark Visual Imaging have supported sport and community facilities across the Waikato, including the Waterworld Hydrotherapy Pool and the Avantidrome.
“A good big city needs a good big theatre”, says Laurie.
Now they have donated $50,000 to the Waikato Regional Theatre project because it will ensure “the balance of the city”.
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.
Back in 2016 a local lawyer raised the possibility of a bequest and the advantages of investing it for sustainable returns.
She directed us to anonymously target her fund’s gifts to scholarships for Pasifika girls living in the Waikato.
The scholarships are already being granted, late last year the recipient was Wesley College head girl Sharon Tuipala (pictured).
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.