Acorn donors Roy and Mary McGowan wanted to see their Acorn fund making a difference in their lifetime, and so established the Dale Carnegie Scholarships for WBOP high school students to develop their leadership skills, as well as contributing to the establishment of the new Chinese language centre at Tga Girls’ College. Roy and Mary have enjoyed seeing their contributions being used to develop the next generation.
Roy, a former RAF Squadron leader, passed away in March 2012, aged 92. Roy was a member of the ‘guinea pig club’, a group of wartime pilots who suffered extensive burns when their aircraft were shot down in WW2. Roy became a recipient of experimental plastic surgery from Dr McIndoe, including receiving new upper and lower eyelids.
Roy is remembered as one of life’s true gentlemen, and is greatly missed by his wife Mary.
Mary says “Jeanne Round had set up an endowment fund with the Acorn Foundation and she talked to Roy and I about doing something similar. We both enjoy children and we had been wondering how we could really help. We find giving through the Acorn Foundation is a wonderful way to help as they decide which are the most worthy causes, at the time. Acorn ‘keeps an ear to the ground’ which we think is very important, as we don’t really know who needs money the most. We have been happy in New Zealand and we want to give something back.”