As the community of College is aware, philanthropy in all its elements – be that time, talent or treasure – is one of our key strategic themes as we approach our 175th in 2025.
In recent years, we have especially appreciated the time given by Old Boys and members of our parent community through their volunteering in areas of interest e.g. ‘Friends of’ and additionally sharing their talents and expertise through committee membership or speaking with boys on various occasions. We are now at the time of year where we reach out for treasure in our wider community that will benefit those within and beyond this community.
Giving Day – help us grow future champions
This year, our Annual Appeal is our Giving Day and we focus on raising funds for our Upper restoration project. The successful renovation of this site following the completion of our Upper West facility will provide benefit for both our boys and all who are fortunate enough to use Upper as a place to play. Ideally, the field and its surrounds will be modernised and updated, allowing for quality spectator and player experience. Upper has been integral to College life for generations – from Athletics Days to rugby games and day-to-day PE classes – and now it needs some love.
This Giving Day (Thursday 24 November) aims to set up the sporting success of generations to come by, as a priority, restoring and enhancing Upper to create a world-class turf to train and play on all-year round – a turf truly worthy of our soon-to-be-completed, multi-purpose sports centre.
We believe there is no better way to capture the essence of the importance of Giving Day than to hear from several members of our community as they share their insights into the role that Upper has played in their lives at College and their support of this project.
Click here to hear from College parent and coach and former All Black Reuben Thorne, Old Boy and past parent Dan Batchelor, past College coach and Head of PE Jerry Rowberry, Old Boy and former All Black Robbie Deans, and Old Boy and former All Black Tabai Matson.
Giving Day takes place on Thursday 24 November online via a dedicated giving page. All donations made on the day will be tripled thanks to contributions from matching donors.
We hope you support Giving Day and help nurture further success for future generations of College boys through the provision of the best facilities available.