A charity established to help young Kiwi sports women achieve their sporting goals has received a $100,000 plus donation from premium car brand Jaguar.
The Tania Dalton Foundation, which was launched to honour the life of former Silver Fern Tania Dalton, was donated a Jaguar F-PACE SUV by Jaguar New Zealand and Archibald & Shorter North Shore as well as auction items for a recent gala to raise funds for the charity.
A portion of sales from every Jaguar and Land Rover sold to foundation supporters will be donated by the dealership to help facilitate the work of the charity.
Jaguar general manager Steve Kenchington said that the brand had pledged its support to help the charity expand its scholarship programme.
"We saw the potential for the Tania Dalton Foundation to help support young Kiwi women at a critical stage in their personal and sporting career development and are honoured to be involved," Kenchington said.
"We hope the partnership with the Jaguar brand will inspire other organisations to find ways to help support this worthy cause."
The Foundation's scholarship programme provides funds to help recipients further their sporting development and connect recipients with mentors such as Bernice Mene, Anna Stanley, and Adine Wilson.
During the scholarship tenure, there is an expectation that students will 'pay it forward' - which may include coaching a junior sports team, talking to a group of aspiring young sports people, volunteering or mentoring a younger scholarship recipient.
Foundation trustee Duane Dalton said Tania had a long relationship with Archibald and Shorter and was "thrilled" to have them support the Tania Dalton Foundation.
"I know Tania would be proud to see how companies such as Jaguar and Archibald & Shorter have come together to help young women achieve their potential and become the best version of themselves," Dalton said.
"Tania inspired and touched the lives of so many people, she was passionate about helping people and always encouraged those around her to live their biggest life. We want to honour her memory and commitment to improving the lives of others with sport as a guide through the work of the foundation."