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Hugo Charitable Trust Donate $15,000 for Youth Group

Hugo Charitable Trust

The Hugo Charitable Trust have donated $15,000 for the Youth Group. This donation, and the ongoing support of our other funders of the Youth Group, means 2019 will be even more exciting and fun filled than 2018. 

Without this fabulous support from our funders, we would not be able to deliver the Youth Group and achieve all the amazing outcomes this group including providing new experiences, enhancing the skills of our young members, and seeing the confidence and independence of our members grow and develop.


Kate Horan appointed to NZ Artificial Limb Service Board

Kate Horan - appointed to the New Zealand Artificial Limb Service Board


Paralympian Kate Horan has been appointed to the New Zealand Artificial Limb Service Board for three years.

Kate who has represented New Zealand in Para athletics, winning a Silver at the Beijing Paralympics and now in Para cycling, said “I am delighted to accept this appointment onto the Board. As an amputee myself, I am fully aware of the importance of the Service and how it provides life changing prosthetics to New Zealanders.”

Kate was born with a congenital leg deformity which resulted in her lower left leg being amputated at the age of 5. Despite this, Kate has excelled in sport and continues to train towards representing New Zealand at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics.

In addition to this Board role, Kate works part-time for Parafed Wellington as Sport Coordinator providing sport and recreation opportunities for young people with physical disabilities. 

“Working with young people with disabilities resonates with me personally having experienced a similar journey myself. Being able to give back in a variety of ways, such as sitting on the Board, means I am able to make a difference to others lives. I see bringing my story to the Board role will provide a real context in the decision-making around this Service. I look forward to working with the Chair George Reedy and the other Board members, and CEO Sean Gray.”

The Board’s first meeting with Kate in attendance is next week, so she is literally jumping in with two feet.


Parafed Wellington named Runner-Up in Inaugural Accessiblity Awards 2018

Inaugural Accessiblity Awards 2018


Last night Parafed Wellington was named Runner-Up in Inaugural Accessiblity Awards 2018 for the Customer Service category. This category recognises businesses, initiatives and people who help to make Wellington more accessible.


Kate Horan wins Wellington Disabled Sportsperson of the Year Award

Kate Horan - Wellington Sports Awards

Kate was awarded this trophy at the Wellington Sports Awards in June. Unfortunately Kate was the guest speaker at the Wairarapa Sports Awards on the same evening, so was unable to attend the Wellington awards ceremony. Catriona McBean was pleased to accept on her behalf.