Ed­u­ca­tion trust fundraiser

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

They ded­i­cated their lives to im­prov­ing the health and well­be­ing of Pasi­fika peo­ple and they’re still mak­ing a dif­fer­ence years af­ter their death.

Em­broi­dered por­traits of former Auck­land Gram­mar stu­dent Hec­tor McDon­ald and his wife Pa­tri­cia cre­ated by Art­sta­tion Youth Art Com­mit­tee mem­ber Ke­nah Trusewich are be­ing auc­tioned to raise funds for the Fraser McDon­ald Schol­ar­ship Fund.

The fund pro­vides Pa­cific peo- ple with ac­cess to ed­u­ca­tion schol­ar­ships and was set up to hon­our the work of the McDon­ald fam­ily.

Mr and Mrs McDon­ald were in­stru­men­tal in es­tab­lish­ing the first pub­lic hospi­tal in the Solomon Is­lands, ran a le­prosy hospi­tal in Fiji and held health di­rec­tor­ship roles in Fiji, Niue, Samoa and New Zealand.

The cou­ple’s son Fraser con­tin­ued their work em­pow­er­ing com­mu­ni­ties and fos­ter­ing cul­tural un­der­stand­ing in New Zealand and the Pa­cific be­fore his death last year.

The por­traits will be on dis­play at an ex­hi­bi­tion at Pon­sonby’s Art­sta­tion cel­e­brat­ing the con­tri­bu­tion of Auck­lan­ders to Pa­cific cul­ture un­til they are auc­tioned on Trade Me.

Both the ex­hi­bi­tion, held at 1 Pon­sonby Rd, and the auc­tion close on April 20.

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