10 February 2010

Westpac renews commitment to Halberg Trust

On the eve of the Westpac Halberg Awards, Westpac New Zealand announced it has made a commitment to renew its sponsorship of the Halberg Trust for a further three year term.

Westpac has just completed its first three year term as principal sponsor with Halberg Trust, and Chief Executive Officer, George Frazis, says there is such a strong alignment of values, goals and aspirations between the two organisations, that a second term of sponsorship was obvious and logical to the bank.

“We have the greatest respect for Sir Murray Halberg’s vision, not just for the sporting awards, which honour our top sportsmen and women, but also for the way the Trust has supported young New Zealanders with a disability to participate in whatever sport or activity they choose. Westpac staff have responded enthusiastically, using their Volunteer Day to support the Trust at community events all over New Zealand.”

Westpac sponsors the Westpac Halberg Sportsman, Sportswoman and Sports Team of the year awards as well as the Westpac Emerging Talent Award which carries with it a $15,000 prize package.

Halberg Trust CEO Steve Hall says in addition to the Westpac Halberg Awards, Westpac’s sponsorship has enabled the Trust to raise the profile of the Trust’s work with young New Zealanders with a disability, enabling them to participate in their choice of sporting and leisure events.

“The relationship between the two organisations is mutually beneficial and a real example of what can be achieved when a charity has the right ‘fit’ with a corporate partner,” he says.

“The unique thing about this relationship is that there is a true sharing of goals. Westpac has wholeheartedly got behind our vision to ensure all New Zealanders have access to the sport and leisure of their choice, regardless of their ability or disability.
“We’ve had tremendous support over the last three years from hundreds of Westpac staff, who’ve undergone our training in order to support young New Zealanders with a disability, to participate in community events like Auckland Round the Bays, learning to surf at Tauranga, experiencing snow activities in Queenstown, Wellington’s Bike the Bays, and Surf to City in Invercargill.

“It’s definitely a symbiotic relationship.”