Recently I was asked to be a trustee on the Don Oliver Youth Sport Foundation (DOYSF) which I had heard about over the years and, if I am being honest, believed was a project given to a wife by a rich husband just to keep her busy. I could not have been more wrong.
‘The Don Oliver’ was created in 1997 by Sir Bob Harvey, Councillor Ross Dallow MNZM, businessman and philanthropist Bryan Heron MNZM, Olympian and businessman (the late) Chris Timms and lawyer Bernie Allan. The Foundation was established with the mission to provide scholarships and other forms of support for pre-elite Waitakere athletes in all codes.
My role on this board is 2 fold.
- Putting the web site into place and implementing a social media strategy which is a massive chunk of work at the moment but once implemented my work load should ease off nicely.
- Once this has subsided, I will hopefully help with mentoring athletes. This is what I am looking forward to. Getting in front of pre-elite athletes looking to take their career to the next level and helping them on their journey.
As I said, it turns out Don Oliver is a big chunk of work that is taking a lot of time at the moment but once sorted I should be able to help with my local sporting community for not much effort. I am currently on the committee for Waitakere Triathlon club which takes up very little time and I manage club uniforms and supported events which both take up very little time but help with my local triathlon community.
Nina is currently a director on the board of Altrusa Auckland.
Altrusa Auckland has been around for about 50 years making local communities better through leadership, partnership and service. Their focus is Literacy and specific projects unique to their communities.
Her role is event support, membership growth and social media for the club. She attends 2 meetings a month and updates Facebook on a regular basis with the intent to train others to use it too. Attending regular fundraising events with the club helping in the smooth running of the event and trying to create relationships between the club and local community business is a priority.
With a little one on the way our family has been forced to look a little closer at the household budget along with our own time budgeting. We are both extremely passionate about supporting our community in whatever way we can. As you can imagine and like most other families at the moment, our purse strings have shortened so we have managed our time budget a little more to make more available for our community.
So whether you have a million dollars to give or just a bit of time, your community will appreciate it.