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Join the Acorn Team for coffee and find out about our 2018 distributions
We have just distributed over $930,000 to organisations throughout the Western Bay of Plenty - money gifted from generous donors who are passionate about our community.
To celebrate, we are hosting three FREE functions in September in Te Puke (Breakfast: 18 September), Katikati (Morning Tea: 25 September) and Tauranga (Morning Tea: 27 September). Join us to learn more about where funding was directed in 2018, and hear from various recipient organisations based throughout the WBOP about what the funding has meant to them.
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Anyone welcome - For more information on times and locations, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
2018 Funding has been distributed!
Over $930,000 was distributed in August to 123 charities and organisations in the region. This is the perfect time to thank our 300+ wonderful donors for their generosity and passion towards the Bay of Plenty - without them the Acorn Foundation would not exist. It is also a great time to thank those members of our community who work tirelessly to support and encourage others who are less advantaged, and/or struggling in many various ways. These people are so passionate about what they do and those they support and are truly making a difference in our community - they are the reason we want to continue to grow the Foundation: the more financial support we can offer, the more effective their services become and the stronger our wonderful community becomes.
To find out who received funding in the 2018 distribution round, click here.
Awards and more awards
Our team was busy with award events during July and awarding these prizes on behalf of our donors is one of the most rewarding parts of our jobs. These scholarships, and others we have available throughout the year, allow our generous donors to recognise excellence in our community.
Page Acorn Scholarship Winner: Grace Lowe
Grace Lowe is the only girl in the workshop - you will find her wearing the bright pink work boots. "I'm just making a statement that there's a girl working here," she says.
The 19-year-old from Gate Pā was one of four recipients to be awarded a $3000 Acorn Foundation scholarship to spend on tools in 2018. Read more here.
A love story of convents, spitfires and generosity
The Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize, valued at $52,000, is given away at the Ockham NZ Book Awards each year. In May 2018, this prize, donated by an extremely generous donor who is passionate about the arts, was awarded to Pip Adam, author of The New Animals. Acorn's Nicky Wilkins and Margot McCool were at the awards evening in Auckland to see the prize awarded to Pip and we wish her all the best. To find out more about all of the winners and finalists at the awards, click here.
The Acorn Foundation Oak Grove - celebrating our donors
At the Acorn Foundation, our donors are paramount and we are incredibly grateful to their ongoing generosity, without which we couldn't do the work we do. Which is why, in 2013, we established the Acorn Foundation Oak Grove in Cambridge Park, where Acorn trees are planted as a growing tribute to those generous locals. In May 2018, ten more trees were planted in the Grove by family members and loved ones of those donors who have recently passed on. It was a truly beautiful and poignant morning and a lovely way to celebrate the lives of loved ones whose generosity lives on.
The Acorn Foundation turns 15
The Acorn Foundation recently celebrated 15 years of supporting the Western BOP by hosting a dinner at Trinity Wharf in May 2018. Over 200 friends, donors, and charity organisations attended the dinner, which was a celebration of what Acorn has achieved over the past 15 years, and what it means to be an Acorn donor. Six charity organisations shared with attendees what Acorn funding has meant to them, and how they are working to to support a strong and safe community. It was a humbling and inspiring evening and we thank all of those who participated in making it such a great success.
15 years saw Acorn reach a fund size of $21M, supported by 300 wonderful donors. To celebrate this milestone, with the help of funding from Legacy Trust, and the dedicated work of Liz French and the team at Tuskany Agency, we produced 'Acorn Foundation: Celebrating the First 15 Years'.
Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize: 2018 Finalists Announced
The 2018 Finalists for the $50,000 Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize have now been announced with four books selected from each of the following categories: Fiction, General Non-Fiction, Illustrated Non-Fiction, and Poetry. NZ Book Awards Trust chair Nicola Legat said all 16 finalists demonstrated the diversity, depth and skill of New Zealand writers. "These books reflect who we are as people and how we are developing as a nation, demonstrating that the writer's role is as important now as it was half-a-century ago. Like many of the books nominated in previous years' awards, the cream of this year's crop are destined to be become classics". To listen to Nicola Legat's interview on The AM Show, click here.
The winners will be announced at a ceremony on 15 May.
Vital Signs 2018 launched!
The Acorn Foundation is excited to launch the 2018 Vital Signs Report, highlighting the various issues in the Western Bay of Plenty, as perceived by our community. This Report forms the basis for Acorn's decision making process at funding time. Following extensive research undertaken by Key Research the results show that, not surprisingly in light of Tauranga's immense growth of late, planning for the region's growth tops the list of priorities for improvement, followed by the cost of living, transportation and roading, drug and alcohol abuse, and caring for our environment. The full report can be viewed here.
Lifelong condition not stopping Morgan
Top Te Puke Student Awarded Medical Scholarship
Te Puke High School graduate Kate McKay has been awarded the Acorn Foundation BOP Medical Students Scholarship for 2017. Kate has spent this year based at Tauranga Hospital as a fifth-year medical student, and she also has a particular interest in research around patient experience in hospitals, which she plans to continue in 2018.
The scholarship, with a value of $4,032, will support Kate’s living expenses as she continues her medical research and training.
Kate says, "A huge thank you to the Bay of Plenty Clinical School and the Acorn Foundation for awarding me this hardship grant. I am putting my medical degree on hold in 2018 to pursue an interest in research in Northland and this money will greatly assist me in this endeavor. I am grateful to the doctors who established this grant many years ago."
When applying for the scholarship, Kate was unaware that one of those doctors was none other than Dr Richard Speed, who brought her into this world 23 years ago.
The Acorn Foundation has this year awarded a total of $84,450 in scholarships to 62 local students, in accordance with the wishes of the many generous local people who are choosing to support young people across the Western Bay of Plenty region in this way.
Young Talent and Ambition Recognised
A new major prize was awarded for the first time at the Tauranga Boys’ College prizegiving on Tuesday night. Jimi Kameta received the Acorn Foundation Cashmore Family scholarship, with a value of $10,000 over two years. Jimi plans to study Biomedical Science next year at university and then go on to become a doctor and one day provide free medical treatment to those who cannot afford it.
Along with the award, Richard and Andrea Cashmore presented Jimi with a personally signed copy of Dr Lance O’Sullivan’s book The Good Doctor – a very appropriate gift given Jimi’s aspirations.