Waikato Inclusion Fund receives first corporate donation


A new fund launched by Momentum Waikato in response to the Christchurch terrorist attack has already received a major corporate contribution.

The Waikato Inclusion Fund was established by the Momentum Waikato Community Foundation with a gift of $50,000 allocated from its endowment fund.

“Our hearts go out to our fellow New Zealanders – the survivors and the families of the victims of the atrocities at the mosques in Christchurch,” said Momentum CEO Kelvyn Eglinton.

“The Waikato Inclusion Fund will be a resource committed to fostering the inclusion of all cultures, religions, orientations and genders in our region. We hope to do our bit towards building the positive legacy of a better kinder Aotearoa-New Zealand for everyone.”

Its first corporate supporter is SkyCity Hamilton, which has donated $10,000. SkyCity Hamilton general manager Michelle Baillie said the business, which employs people from 28 different cultures, is proud to contribute to the fund.

“SkyCity Hamilton recognises and encourages the diversity of our workforce, customers and community and is keen to support initiatives like the Waikato Inclusion Fund,” Baillie said.

“We think the fund will make a significant difference in our community.”

Its establishment has been welcomed by community leaders.

“On behalf of the Waikato Muslim Association, it is a pleasure to be a part of a project which intends to build upon community cohesion, and engagement,” said Dr Asad Mohsin, the association’s president.

Waikato Chinese Association vice-president May Low and K’aute Pasifika CEO Leaupepe Rachel Karalus also welcomed the fund.

Waikato is changing rapidly, said Ellie Wilkinson, Hamilton Migrant Services Trust operations manager.

“The local ethnic communities have for many years been looking for ways to engage in a deeper and more meaningful way with the wider communities. HMS Trust welcomes the opportunity to be part of this initiative and response.”

Momentum Waikato will manage the new fund’s investment programme, legal obligations and administration, while an independent establishment group will set up its ongoing governance body, which will distribute grants from its investment income to community-based inclusion initiatives.

To donate to the fund, visit https://momentumwaikato.nz/donate.


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