The Sumner Foundation was launched on 18 August 1993 and in 1996 renamed as The Sumner Ferrymead Foundation (SFF) when the catchment area was adjusted.
It was the dream of a former Sumner resident, Dora Grut (nee Neville) who moved to Vancouver, Canada in the early 1990s, to form a local community foundation for Sumner. She suggested that a trust be created along the lines of the Vancouver Foundation so any donations could be given to worthy groups and individuals in the community. She graciously made a donation of $10,000 when it was launched.
The Vancouver Foundation was established to assist Canadian soldiers and families of those killed prepare for a new life after returning from WW II.
To date many sections of our community have benefited, including donations for education, music, youth, arts & entertainment, the environment, health & welfare, and sport & recreation.
The SFF is a Charitable Trust and is required to file an Annual Return with the Charities Commission.
"The Redcliffs Public Library Inc has been a grateful recipient of donations from the Sumner Ferrymead Foundation which have enabled us to fund our Centennial celebrations and to update children's DVDs for rental. They provide an extremely valuable community service."
"Our Club faced many challenges by the devastating earthquakes over the past four years, and many unexpected expenses. The financial support of the Sumner Ferrymead Foundation was crucial to our survival as the Sumner Bridge Club. The Sumner Ferrymead Foundation has acted as a "force-multiplier" allowing us to continue our robust bridge programme, and at the same time allowing other Sumner organisations affected by the earthquakes, to share our facility. It has been a WIN-WIN for all Sumner community, and we thank you for your generous support."
"The Sumner Ferrymead Foundation helped me to get a four-wheeled, double scooter called a "Slida" which helped me get around the village, and I am very grateful to them. I have outgrown it now, but it has been passed on to Parafed for younger children to use."
"The support of the Sumner Ferrymead Foundation has been helpful to me as a piper in the St Andrew's College Pipe Band to compete at the highest level. I became Pipe Major in 2014 and in 2013, the band became the juvenile champions at the World Championships in Glasgow - the first time a NZ pipe band has won a world champs at any level. I am very grateful to the Sumner Ferrymead Foundation for its generous support."
"Without the support from local organisations, such as the Sumner Ferrymead Foundation it would be very difficult to run our club, the Sumner Cricket club has appreciated the support of the Sumner Ferrymead Foundation which has helped us to purchase junior grade playing equipment, "Baggy" caps for the senior squad and a large pavilion clock. Without the support from local organisations, such as the Sumner Ferrymead Foundation it would be very difficult to run our club."
"I was incredibly fortunate to receive financial support in 2007 from the Sumner Ferrymead Foundation to represent New Zealand at the World Irish Dancing Championship in Glasgow. I had the most amazing experience, being surrounded by extremely talented dancers on a world stage. It was a special "once in a lifetime" experience that I have treasured deeply. Without the Sumner Ferrymead Foundation it would not have become a reality, thus I am forever grateful."
"On behalf of the Mt Pleasant School and surrounding community, I would like to sincerely thank the Sumner Ferrymead Foundation for its generous support to the rebuild of our school pool. We are delighted to say that the Sumner Ferrymead Foundation's contribution was allocated to the new changing sheds and enabled us to achieve the opening date on 14 December 2014."
"The Sumner Ferrymead Foundation's contribution to my trip with my school jazz band to the Southern Jam Youth Jazz Festival, in Blenheim in August 2014, was greatly appreciated. The wealth of performance opportunities in a variety of different venues was a wonderful musical experience and great fun."
Allan is a retired, highly respected, Christchurch businessman, having spent many years in the trucking industry, and who held numerous directorships. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors, past President of the NZ Chamber of Commerce, was the German Consul General for many years, and a generous benefactor to many organisations.
John has lived in the Sumner/Redcliffs area since 1960 and has had a long association with several community service organisations. He is the Ferrymead Rotary Club representative of SFF. John is a licensed real estate agent with Livingstone Realty Ltd, and is an avid sports fan and keen recreational cyclist.
Barry is a professional aircraft engineer, aviation consultant and company director, with extensive New Zealand and International business management experience. Barry is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society; a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Management; and holds a number of Trusteeships.
A Redcliffs resident all his life and following his schooling at Christchurch Boys High School, John studied Engineering at University, he worked for the former Heathcote Council and then the Selwyn District Council where he is the Environmental Services Manager. Well known in Hockey circles as he was a member of the NZ Mens Hockey Team from 1968 - 1976, a three time Olympian, and capped his career being a member of the Gold Medal winning team at the 1976 Montreal Olympics.
Julie was an original member of the "steering committee" and past chair of the Foundation. She represents the Sumner Community Centre and is well known in the Sumner/Redcliffs area for her community involvement, as a successful real estate agent in Sumner for many years, a television broadcaster and a Trustee of the Court Theatre.
Ken is a local business consultant, has lived in Sumner for many years and has been a bach‐holder for many years at Taylors Mistake, where he has contributed hugely to the development of the Surf Lifesaving Club, including 11 years as Club President, and was recognised with a Life Membership. He successfully established the Cranford Street, Placemakers building supply centre, which he sold several years ago. Ken's commercial skill set and experience will be invaluable to the Foundation
Jim is a consultant, and former partner with prominent South Island law firm, Cavell Leitch. His considerable legal expertise and commercial business experience is of great benefit to the Foundation.
Jane has worked in senior management roles in both NZ and Australia, primarily in the health industry, and was a Director of a large not-for-profit in Australia. Since returning to NZ, she has volunteered across a number of different sectors and in varying capacities.
133 Mt Pleasant Road,
Mt Pleasant, Christchurch 8081
Ph: 021 288 1871
As a registered charity with the Charities Commission (Register Number: cc36209), so any donation is tax deductable.
Any person, family or organisation, can make gifts or bequests of money or property to the Sumner Ferrymead Foundation (SFF). See this form to make a donation.
A Specific Donation means you can specify how your donation may be used, for a specific cause. A Discretionary Donation is one which helps the Investment Fund with only the interest gained from the fund being paid out by the Foundation.
Any donation will be appreciated and will make a difference to enhance our community:
If you would like to speak to someone in confidence about a donation please phone our secretary.
Donations may be made by posting a single or periodic cheque to our secretary or by internet online banking.
The SFF bank account number is: 03 1355 0723712 00
Is a very easy way to support the SFF, and will provide support, long after the bequest has been received.
Wording guideline: The following wording may be used in a Will for a bequest to the SFF.
If your Will has been completed, and you would still like to make a bequest, you can simply add a "Codicil" to your Will (approved by your legal advisor) outlining your request.