Tony and Becky Cooke at the Nikau annual grants event

Tony and Becky Cooke at the Nikau annual grants event

Nikau Foundation was pleased to announce two new Kāpiti focused funds at its recent annual grants event.

There was the usual excitement around donations being made to a range of community groups including Kenakena school dyslexia programme, the Shed Project and Birthright Kāpiti from several endowments under the Nikau umbrella. However it was the speech from Tony Cooke, husband of Caroline Boyd that touched the audience of local philanthropists the most.

Caroline Boyd was known for her love of running and her active support of the local community. On Sunday 19th March, Caroline was on an early morning run along the footpath on a quiet Paekakariki street when she was struck by a car that had lost control and mounted the footpath. She died at the scene, aged 56.

In her honour, her family established The Caroline Boyd Memorial Fund with Nikau Foundation to benefit youth, women and Kāpiti community organisations – all causes close to Caroline’s heart. The first grants to charities meeting the fund’s criteria will be made in Nikau Foundation’s 2018 grant round, and in the meantime efforts to increase donations to the fund are in full swing.

Matched funding is being made available for every dollar raised from the upcoming Caroline Boyd Memorial walk/run in Paekakariki on Sunday, 12 Nov 10:30AM Participants are encouraged to register for the fundraising event here to walk or run a 5.5km or 10km course.

Nikau Foundation Deputy Chair Liz Koh says “I am hopeful everyone will get behind this event which will contribute to Caroline’s legacy and Nikau Foundation’s ability to make grants to more Kāpiti community groups”.

Guests enjoyed the tranquil evening at Ngā Manu Nature Reserve who have also just set up a new endowment fund with Nikau Foundation. Donations and bequests into this fund will ensure that the Reserve thrives and continues to provide future generations of visitors with a real nature experience. Both of these funds welcome donations and contributions of any size.

To learn more about these funds read more here