Tackling inequality and ensuring all pupils can participate is the key issue for Real Journeys boss Richard Lauder, as he takes on the top job at the Wakatipu High School Foundation.
Lauder has succeeded founding chairman Mark Taylor, who’s stepping down after five years.
Taylor describes it as a “good run”, but says it’s time for “a bit of new blood, new enthusiasm”.
He’s proud of the team he’s managed to bring together, he says, including Lauder.
Lauder’s already been part of the foundation for a couple of years.
“I think the Wakatipu High School Foundation plays a really important part in the community, and the school needs as much support as it can get, like a lot of other schools,” he says.
With high living costs and inequality in Queenstown, Lauder says he’s particularly focused on the foundation’s hardship programmes, which enable pupils from all backgrounds to participate in school activities.
October’s proving to be a big month for the foundation.
As well as getting itself a new chairman, it’s launched its Spring Appeal, and is in the midst of planning its annual golf day.
The appeal calls for donations of varying levels, with all donors going in the draw to win a $150 gardening hamper from Mitre 10 Mega. Donations can be made on the foundation’s website.
As for the golf day, to be held on December 12, registrations are filling up fast.
The foundation’s looking for items to auction on the day – more information’s available on the website.