Many are aware of the fundraising and awareness campaigns that PaR nz Golfing Holidays have undertaken for some years now for the research into a cure for Motor Neuron Disease, MND. We had lost a dear family member and golfing friend to this disease. At that time, we knew little of this disease.
Our very clear motives were to help raise awareness of this hideous disease that is still, sadly a ‘death sentence’ and to raise funds into the research for a cure. Early on as we took up this challenge we came into contact with Professor Richard Faull – since becoming a Sir when knighted in 2017 becoming a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to Brain Research. Sir Richard spearheads the Centre for Brain Research, operating out of Auckland University.
PaR nz Golfing Holidays at events, tours and tournaments talks about this disease, funds raffles and such like, and passes on monies to the Brain Centre of New Zealand and MND Association. On the 5 November this year we were humbled to be alongside many other philanthropists at the 2022 Auckland Chancellors Circle Dinner, and were inducted into the Sir Douglas Robb Society.
The Chancellor’s Circle recognises philanthropists who over the years have made important contributions to the University of Auckland, helping to shape its direction and achievements. Specifically The Sir Douglas Robb Society, recognises donors who have given a total of between $100,000 and $1 million to the University of Auckland. Over the years, these contributions have supported students in need and strengthened the University’s capabilities to teach and conduct research at a world-class level. These monies – PaR nz Golfing Holidays have raised over $200,000 to date – have been made possible with the support of you, our friends, golfers and suppliers. We are very specific that the monies must be solely for research into a cure for MND.
Good luck to Sir Richard and his team at the Brain Centre of New Zealand, Auckland University – may you find a cure or treatment, soon!