‘A wonderful gift’
Two life-saving organisations are to receive a huge funding injection through the generority of a Waerenga a Hika farmer who died earlier this year.
The Brown Road property of the farmer, which has a rateable value of $1.67 million, has gone on the market and proceeds from the sale will be donated to the Starship Foundation and Eastland Helicopter Rescue Trust.
In addition, Ray White Gisborne, the real estate agency marketing this property, is donating the company share of the sale commission to Ronald McDonald House Charities New Zealand.
The property comprises 21 hectares of valuable land, a two-bedroom home and other infrastructure. It is used for summertime cropping and grazing.
Ray White Gisborne co-director and rural specialist Alan Thorpe said he and fellow listing agent Matt Martin “felt honoured” to have been approached by the trustees of the estate to market the property.
“The trustees have requested the late owner's name and any further details remain confidential at this stage,” Mr Thorpe said.
“Our company feels privileged to be part of this fantastic gesture — to provide our sales skills and give back to some community charities that provide such important services to people in their time of need.”
“The benefactor stated in his will that he wanted the property sold and divided up in this way, which is obviously an amazing gift.”
Eastland Helicopter Rescue Trust chairman Patrick Willock said he was “speechless” when first told of the arrangement.
“We were just blown away by the generosity being shown.
“This is the sort of thing you hear about happening in the major centres but not so much in Gisborne.”
Mr Willock said he understood one of the late property owner's requirements was that the proceeds from the farm sale benefit the Gisborne community.
The chopper service continues to provide a vital rescue and patient transfer service for the region.
Starship Foundation chief executive Aisha Daji Punga said they were “incredibly humbled to hear of this most generous bequest”.
“In my time with the foundation I have personally seen the power of the generosity of such gifts.
“This incredible legacy will go a long way to help Starship — our national children's hospital — continue delivering world-class care and treatment to bring better health and brighter futures to the children of Gisborne, the Tairawhiti region and of New Zealand.
“We are extremely grateful for this wonderful gift.”
Many Gisborne families have children treated and cared for at Starship children's hospital every year.
The auction for the property will be held on Friday, July 9, at Waikanae Surf Life Saving Club.