Hugo Charitable Trust grant use to maximum effect


Te Awamutu Branch successfully applied for a grant from the Hugo Charitable Trust.

This Trust was set up in honour of Hugh Green by his daughter, Maryanne Green, to build on his philanthropic legacy for the future benefit of Aotearoa New Zealand and New Zealanders.

Mr Hugh Green was noted for his generosity to those less fortunate and unable to help themselves, particularly in health issues.

He lived by the philosophy, ‘My real happiness is family, the farms, the cows and people.  You come in with nothing and you go out with nothing, and you just need the essentials while you’re here.  And that’s how I’ve lived my life.’

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Te Awamutu Branch members researched worthy recipients carefully by delving into the their community, and in the process, became aware of the vast need, especially in health-related matters.

The recipients they chose are

A gift of Lego to a young woman with a variety of disabilities.

  • Six-year-old student who has just been diagnosed with lymphoma requiring extended treatment at Starship Hospital.
  • St Vincent de Paul, Te Awamutu, to support the ‘Bread Run’.  Members collect fresh and packaged bread rolls from Pak’n’Save at cost to deliver fortnightly to up to twenty individuals to keep contact and an eye on their welfare
  • An outing for five elderly ladies to join the sisters at Mary McKillop Centre in Mission Bay and then on to lunch.  The grant was used towards the hire of the van to transport them
  • St Patrick’s School.  The Principal, Shelly Fitness, and staff were aware that students needing extra reading support were mostly boys.  New suitable boy-oriented books will be purchased.
  • Helen, living with the consequences of an horrific car accident, desired to travel to the South Island.  To make the trip more comfortable for her and her carers, her mother hired a van which the grant helped pay for.  A highlight of the visit was the Wellington Zoo where the understanding staff allowed Helen to touch the lemurs.

A little about the Te Awamutu Branch

Every year all funds raised are donated to the Te Awamutu Plunkett in the form of knitted garments for babies requiring warm garments; St Patrick’s School to assist children needing uniforms, shoes and outer garments, St Vincent de Paul. Members also assist in many practical ways.