KIA Motors New Zealand is committed to supporting our local community, and considers our corporate responsibility to align with worthy causes an essential part of strengthening our society. This dedication has now extended to one of New Zealand’s most respected and recognised charitable organizations, and KIA Motors New Zealand are pleased to announce their latest union, Associate Sponsor of The Halberg Trust – "Celebrating New Zealand’s sporting excellence and creating an Inclusive society".
The Halberg Trust, established in 1963 by founder, legendary Olympic gold medalist Sir Murray Halberg, is renowned by New Zealanders, a direct result of Sir Murray’s selfless dedication to the welfare of children with disabilities in our country. Now, over 40 years since his Olympic glory, The Halberg Trust continues with the fundamental values on which it was launched – changing environments to create an inclusive society by linking people with an impairment, particularly the young, to sport and active leisure, and also recognising the passion New Zealanders share for sport by honouring sporting excellence, with the Westpac Annual Halberg Awards.
KIA believes that the high achievements of New Zealand’s sporting elite, the athlete’s core values, their desire to succeed, and maintain that success mirrors those of KIA. Most importantly however, KIA Motors are thrilled to be in a position where they too can contribute to a cause that sees opportunities realised for many disabled young children, who may not have otherwise had an opportunity to become involved in sport & leisure activities without the ongoing dedication of the team within the Halberg Trust, and their many supporters.
Trust Chairman, Mike Jeffcoat, said he was delighted that one of the country’s leading car companies had chosen to support the Trust. Mike first came across KIA at the Australian Tennis Open where they are the key sponsor, there he became more aware of the ties both organisations had with sporting excellence. “With KIA behind us we can look to the future with renewed confidence and vigour. We see it as a very exciting partnership and we are looking forward to working with them in sport, especially at our grass roots level with joining disabled people into sporting opportunities.”
KIA Motors New Zealand’s General Manager, Todd McDonald, believes strongly in the new association, as well as the ideals the Halberg Trust strive to achieve, “Creating equal opportunity’s for all New Zealanders to participate in active lives by connecting people with disabilities to sport is an integral part of feeling part of the community and KIA Motors New Zealand are proud to help raise awareness amongst New Zealanders”.
For more information on the Halberg Trust click here