A charity established to help young Kiwi sports women achieve their sporting goals has received a $100,000 plus donation from Archibald & Shorter North Shore and Jaguar New Zealand.
The Tania Dalton Foundation was launched to honour the life of former Silver Fern Tania Dalton who passed away last year.
The Foundation’s scholarship programme provides funds to help recipients further their sporting development and connect recipients with mentors such as Bernice Mene, Anna Stanley, Adine Wilson, Belinda Colling, Donna Wilkins, Dee Paranihi, Amanda Gilchrist, Jody Cameron, Mere Kingi, Shelley Bryce, Anna Harrison, Julie Patterson and Debbie Fuller.
During the scholarship tenure, there is an expectation that students will ‘pay it forward’ - which may include coaching a junior sports team, talking to a group of aspiring young sports people, volunteering or mentoring a younger scholarship recipient.
Jaguar New Zealand and Archibald & Shorter North Shore have donated a Jaguar F‑PACE SUV worth more than $100,000 as well as auction items for an recent gala to raise funds for the charity. A portion of sales from every Jaguar and Land Rover sold to foundation supporters will be donated by the dealership to help facilitate the work of the charity.
Jaguar general manager Steve Kenchington says the brand has pledged its support to help the charity expand its scholarship programme.
“We saw the potential for the Tania Dalton Foundation to help support young Kiwi women at a critical stage in their personal and sporting career development and are honoured to be involved.
“We hope the partnership with the Jaguar brand will inspire other organisations to find ways to help support this worthy cause,” he says.
Foundation trustee Duane Dalton says Tania had a long relationship with Archibald and Shorter and is “thrilled” to have them support the Tania Dalton Foundation.
“I know Tania would be proud to see how companies such as Jaguar and Archibald & Shorter have come together to help young women achieve their potential and become the best version of themselves.
“Tania inspired and touched the lives of so many people, she was passionate about helping people and always encouraged those around her to live their biggest life. We want to honour her memory and commitment to improving the lives of others with sport as a guide through the work of the foundation,” he says.
Archibald & Shorter North Shore general manager Shawn Rushby says they are proud to support a charity which is celebrating the life of someone whose passion for life resonated so strongly.
“Tania was someone our team knew personally and we feel absolutely privileged to be able to help the Foundation in any way we can - working with them gives us the chance to give something back to our community in a way that will help honour the life and legacy of Tania for years to come,” he says.
Dalton says a fundraising gala earlier this month to support the work of the Foundation raised almost $200,000.