Proud family: Jim Boult, holding his Child Cancer Foundation life membership certificate, with, from left, daughter Victoria, wife Karen, Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy, and son James


Queenstown mayor Jim Boult’s been conferred an honorary Child Cancer Foundation life
membership after nearly 30 years’ involvement.

His and his wife Karen’s support for the charity began after the three-year-old son of his motor racing mechanic, Marty Strain, and his wife Jackie, died from cancer.

‘‘Seeing our close friends having to cope with this utterly devastating situation affected Karen and me a great deal.

“Since then, the Child Cancer Foundation has been very dear to our hearts.’’

From ’92 he chaired the Otago-Southland Child Cancer Accommodation Trust which helped
build lodgings in Dunedin for the families of children undergoing hospital treatment.

The couple also helped the purchase of an Arrowtown holiday home for families of children with cancer.

Boult was on the national board, which he later chaired, when he provided space for foundation staff after the Canterbury quakes destroyed the charity’s ‘family place’ and led the facility’s rebuild.

Boult was conferred his life membership by Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy in Auckland.