When Orthopaedic Surgeon Dr Ruth Tan approached the Braemar Charitable Trust about her vision of creating a new philanthropic investment fund dedicated to getting more Maaori into the health sector, we put her in touch with Momentum Waikato. Trust Manager Paula Baker said, "We are really pleased that Ruth's vision and that of Dr Stephen Ng, along with their colleagues and families has come to fruition with the creation of the Te Rau Oranga Fund, a fund now open to public donations through Momentum Waikato".
Ruth and Stephen’s ultimate goal is to improve health outcomes for Maaori in the Waikato, and they believe one of the ways this can be done is by increasing the number of Maaori working in the health system. A goal that aligns strongly with that of the Braemar Charitable Trust.
The Te Rau Oranga Fund will achieve this by providing scholarships, career promotion and mentoring to students, initially at Te Kura Tuarua o Taniwharau-Fraser High School in Hamilton, which Ruth attended and then will eventually be available to other schools in the region.
In addition to being a founding donor, the Braemar Charitable Trust is excited to be working with Ruth and Stephen on the mentoring, career days and practical elements of Te Rau Oranga fund, which includes an opportunity for students to spend a day at Braemar Hospital to gain a taste of the range of careers available within the health sector. We look forward to working alongside Ruth and Stephen through the Te Rau Oranga Fund, to grow workforce capability and diversity our region. To donate to Te Rau Oranga Fund go to momentumwaikato.nz/donate or contact email@example.com