Donation to local school damaged by fire

By Jade Hawkins on April 7, 2021

The Apanui School in Whakatane which recently suffered significant damage due to a fire on 6 February this year, is the latest recipient of a donation from Harcourts ETB Realty (Harcourts Whakatane), made possible through the Harcourts Foundation.

The Apanui School will purchase schoolwide mathematics equipment which the Principal Simon Akroyd says, ‘will massively enable the school to return to full learning capabilities in light of the devastation to buildings, equipment and materials which the fire caused’.

Director of ETB Realty Wayne Pamment added, ‘we are proud to be able to help out this local school in their time of need. The Apanui School is the heart of the local community with 410 children on the role and 35 staff employed. Along with the funding to purchase new mathematics books which will enable lifelong learning, we also donated some 30 sports balls to the school as part of our donation to help them get back to normal. We hope the funding provided through the Harcourts Foundation will be of great use’.

Wayne Pamment, Director Harcourts Whakatane and the Harcourts Whakatane sales team, presenting Simon Akroyd, Principal, and the staff and children at Apanui School with the $5000 donation towards their new maths equipment. All made possible through the Harcourts Foundation.

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About Harcourts Foundation

Harcourts launched Harcourts Foundation in 2008 which makes us 13 years old! Our promise is simple; to provide support that helps, grows and enriches our communities. With 100% of the funds raised going straight to the charities who need it most, we’ve been able to provide grants totalling more than $6.7 million internationally to support local community groups. We’re incredibly proud of the work the Harcourts Foundation and its many supporters are doing to help to change lives and make dreams come true.

Through the Harcourts Foundation we support the Hospice NZ Grants Programme, which provides all member hospices with the opportunity to purchase much needed equipment.  Every donation to the grants fund directly supports Hospices from the far North to the deep South to continue their work, enabling people to live every moment in whatever way is important to them, and Plunket; the largest provider of free support services for the development, health and wellbeing of children under five in New Zealand, with 250,000 children enrolled and seeing over 50,000 new-borns in New Zealand each year.