Rory is a South Canterbury farmer who is always the first to help out. As well as running his farm he has his own events company and mentors young people in life skills and business.
At the end of 2014 the Plunket Family Centre in Timaru was looking for a new more interesting way of fundraising that would hit a different demographic.
A few of us from the Centre had been to Rory's Horror events so we decided to give him a ring to see if he would be interested in working with us.
It was a straight up yes. No hesitation.
The event was run over three weekends last winter. “Nightmare on Stafford” raised $10,000, attracting people from all parts of the community, many of whom hadn’t engaged with Plunket before which was really exciting.
In addition to the funds raised, the ripple benefits in the community were priceless.
It really brought the community together, and it became a little community hub. We have a young committee, and not only were they excited to be involved, it was something their partners wanted to be involved in too.
Since working with the Family Centre, Rory helped the Temuka branch with an Easter Egg Hunt for their annual appeal (non-horror themed, of course). They raise $2,200, and they have decided to run it as an annual event.
To date Rory has raise well over $100,000 for Plunket and other charities. There are plans to run additional events, including one in Wellington.
Rory is incredibly easy to deal with, and has amazing ideas. This month he was awarded a Queen’s Service Medal - extremely well deserved!
Thank you Rory for making the time to help give Kiwi kids the best start in life - this week and every week.