The 20th anniversary of the passing of a ‘son of Queenstown’, who has a youth charity named in his honour, will be marked this month.
An intrepid adventurer, Bruce Grant, 31, perished in a brutal storm on August 13, 1995, on the way down from summiting the world’s second highest mountain, K2.
The Bruce Grant Youth Trust, inspired by his memory, was formed soon afterwards and has to date raised more than $400,000 to help local youth pursue their sporting, cultural and artistic endeavours.
The trust is marking his passing with fundraising film screenings and gatherings next week.
On August 12, it’s inviting the public to view the extreme skiing movie The Leading Edge, which Bruce and several of his mates starred in, at Dorothy Browns Arrowtown Cinema.
On the anniversary of his death, August 13, there’ll be a 6am ski called ‘Sunrise on Coronet Peak’ and a 1pm
gathering at his ice axe memorial at the end of the Queenstown Gardens.
On Friday the 14th, the annual Bruce Grant Youth Trust Firefighters’ Chill Factor and K2 Challenge will be held on Coronet Peak.
Trust chairman Craig ‘Ferg’ Ferguson says it’s great that 20 years on, Bruce’s name is “still at the forefront of the community”.
He says the trust has sponsored many success stories over the years including tennis professional Ben McLachlan,
actor Ben Farry, snowboarder the late Hamish Bagley, skier Adam Barwood, performing artist Emily Burns and ice hockey player Simon Glass.
Ferguson is delighted with the support the trust’s received from the likes of KJet’s locals’ days and Queenstown Winter Festival, but says support from Aucklander Tony Scott’s annual Coronet Peak firefighters’ fundraisers has been a “godsend” in recent years.
Trustee Evan Bloomfield, who co-starred in The Leading Edge, says next week’s events are “a great opportunity to remember Bruce and what he was and his attitude to life - to get out there and get stuck in and don’t sit in a hut when it’s stormy weather, it’s going to get better”.
“A lot of people have been touched by Bruce Grant and also by the trust.”
The Bruce Grant Youth Trust is hosting two screenings of The Leading Edge at Dorothy Browns Arrowtown Cinema on August 12 – a kids and parents screening at 6pm ($15 child, $30 adult) and a main screening at 8pm ($100 per person donation).