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Watson Foundation

The Watson Foundation is a charitable trust. The main objectives of the Watson Foundation are to:

  • enrich the lives of underprivileged children and young people; and
  • assist with their needs, including care, support, protection, health and education.

Instead of running its own programmes, The Watson Foundation believes it can make more of a difference by making grants and donations to existing charities that cater for the needs of underprivileged children and young people in particular. The Watson Foundation generally focuses on those smaller charities with little or no profile who are struggling to raise funds.

Examples of recipients of The Watson Foundation's donations include:

Summerfields Charitable Trust's 'A Gift' Program

This Karaka based farm park offers counseling programs for primary school aged children and targets those who are struggling emotionally at school and where trauma has altered their behavior. The sessions are provided during term time, at no charge, and children are referred by government agencies and schools.

The program also offers counseling to families and caregivers of children attending. 'A Gift' works on the premise that the farm park setting and the presence of animals allows the children to relax and be themselves, creating an ideal environment for recognizing and changing behaviors.

The First Tee of New Zealand

This programme is operated by The Kiwi Kids Life Skills Trust who believe that providing children with positive role models and a clear set of values to call their own can make a difference. The First Tee teaches a unique life skills curriculum to children between the ages of seven and 17 years old. Using the game of golf, participants learn to integrate nine core values into their lives as they learn to pitch, chip, putt and drive. The nine core values are Honesty, Integrity, Sportsmanship, Respect, Confidence, Responsibility, Perseverance, Courtesy and Judgement.

Golfers instantly recognise these values as intrinsic to the game and will understand how they can serve as a powerful platform for young people to grow into proud, contributing members of our community.

To date, The First Tee of New Zealand has offered exposure to this concept of golf and life skills to more than four thousand children in the Auckland area with measurable results in behaviour change. The Watson Foundation is proud to support The First Tee’s 2010 Charity Tournament to support expansion of the programme to other centres around New Zealand.

Dream Chaser Foundation

Eric Watson gave a generous donation to assist Chace Topperwien and his parents as they sought specialist cancer treatment in the United Kingdom in 2011. Eric's generosity extended to welcoming Chace and his parents into his home in the United Kingdom, recognising how hard it was for them to be away from their family's support in New Zealand. Sadly Chace died in 2011 and his parents established the 'Dream Chaser Foundation' in memory of Chace. Their passionate efforts to support New Zealand children and their families facing childhood cancer is supported by the Watson Foundation.

Watson Foundation