28 May 2013
From left: Simon Challies Managing Director of Ryman Healthcare, Phillippa Pitcher Business Manager of Macular Degeneration, Sir Colin Meads Macular Degeneration Ambassador, Dr Dianne Sharpe Macular Degeneration Chairperson and Ronette Taane, Hilda Ross Activities Coordinator.
Macular Degeneration New Zealand received a significant funding boost today, when it was presented with a $230,000 donation from Ryman Healthcare.
Ryman Healthcare Managing Director Simon Challies presented their biggest cheque yet at a special function held at the Hilda Ross Retirement Village in Hamilton this afternoon.
The company also announced that next years recipient would be The Cancer Society New Zealand.
Today’s presentation marks the culmination of twelve months fundraising by the residents of Ryman’s 25 villages nationwide. The residents and staff exceeded their target and raised $115,000, which was matched dollar for dollar by the company.
“It has been an outstanding effort from our village staff and residents,” said Mr Challies. “The Market Days were a real wheel turner, where residents prepared and donated goods such as preserves, knitting, baking, and crafts.”
“One in 7 people over the age of 50 are affected by macular degeneration and we are delighted to receive this generous sponsorship from Ryman Healthcare. This donation enables Macular Degeneration New Zealand to advance its vision of reducing the incidence and impact of macular degeneration within New Zealand. It will significantly improve the quality of life for many New Zealanders” said Dr Dianne Sharpe.
Over the past 14 years the company has donated over $1.7 million to charity, and each year the amount donated has increased.
Established in 1984 Ryman has become one of NZ’s largest listed companies. The company currently owns 25 villages in New Zealand and serves over 7,000 residents. Each village offers a combination of retirement living and aged care.