Thursday December 21, 2017
Generous Lance aims to get pupils achieving potential
Natasha Gabera, Abdullah Ali, Leitaya Macale-Rameka, Emily Milne, Analesi Taliou, Zara Salemi and Kit Cathcart-Black with their $250 scholarships from Ray White real estate agent Lance Williams. PHOTO: Jamie Adams
Six pupils from Newtown School have been given a big boost to develop their sporting talents thanks to the generosity of a real estate agent. Lance Williams, of Ray White Kilbirnie, attended the school’s end-of-year assembly on Friday to hand out $250 scholarships to each of the lucky six, the result of nominations by their parents. A seventh, Natasha Gabera, received it on behalf of her school’s junior netball team who will use the money to purchase new uniforms for next season. Lance says the scholarships are his way of giving back to the community that supports him in his business of selling houses in the southern and eastern suburbs. “I have done this for four years now where every house that I sell produces a $250 Sports Scholarship for a primary school child in our community.” Lance, who was born and bred in Lyall Bay, says he understands the importance of helping schools and their pupils, having been a primary school teacher himself for 10 years.
“This year I have 25 to give out and after getting over 50 nominations, I selected the 25 who will receive them.” In addition to Newtown’s seven, Kilbirnie School had seven pupils receive scholarships. Lyall Bay and Kahurangi each won five and St Pat’s Primary one. Newtown School principal Mark Brown says Lance’s scholarships are an “incredibly positive” thing. “It encourages pupils and their parents to be involved in sports and recreation when they might have otherwise been put off by the cost.” The scholarships are not the only example of Ray White’s agents getting into the Christmas spirit. The company has been supporting Ronald McDonald House by collecting Christmas presents from the community, wrapping them and putting them under their office Christmas tree. “We are then going to take all the presents to Ronald McDonald House in Newtown to give to the sick kids on Christmas Day,” Lance says.
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