Time is best gift

Auckland City Harbour News - - News -

When Peter Charles Leitch, QSM, says he’s helped a few peo­ple along the way it is an un­der­state­ment.

He is the chair­man of the Mad Butcher and Sub­ur­ban News­pa­pers Com­mu­nity Trust and fel­low trust mem­ber David Penny says he is be­ing too mod­est.

“Peter is a re­mark­able man and as the pub­lish­ers of this pa­per, we are hon­oured to work with him.

“The trust has gen­er­ated about a $1 mil­lion worth of do­na­tions to char­ity and we would be the first to ad­mit that Peter is the real driv­ing force be­hind the trust’s work. I don’t think there are many fam­i­lies who had a child who got surgery for glue ear who will for­get him.

“He was also a big sup­porter of prostate can­cer, con­vinc­ing Paul Holmes to tell his story, and re­ally help­ing that group get on its feet,” Mr Penny says.

Mr Leitch says he found all the praise left him with a slightly strange feel­ing.

“The most spe­cial thing you can ever give peo­ple is your time.

“So all those peo­ple who have helped the trust, they are the real he­roes be­cause when they give you their time they are giv­ing some­thing re­ally pre­cious.”

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