For the last 14 years, in the spirit of Canon’s guiding philosophy of Kyosei – living and working together for the common good – Canon has supported over 80 schools, not-for-profits and community groups with more than $400,000.
Previous winners have used the Grant to drive impactful societal, educational and environmental change.
For the first time, New Zealand winners will receive an equal donation of cash and equipment – to support causes trying to rebuild themselves in a weaker economy.
Broad Bay School is a primary school on the Otago Peninsula. The Grant will enable students to construct a 3D model of Brady Bay and the harbour that connects with oral histories of its local people through QR codes. Working closely with the Te Rūnaka o Ōtākou the project will consolidate links between the school and the wider community.
“In this time of unprecedented global connectivity, it is vital that we also continue to foster our local community connections, with our people and the environment,” said Greg MacLeod, Principal, Broad Bay School. “Canon's generous grant will allow Broad Bay School's Dunedin students to record the stories and histories of our people, past, present, and future, and connect these to a three-dimensional sculpture of our local environment, which will be a valuable resource for our community”
Across the Tasman, Canon Grants are being awarded in Australia’s small business, education and community categories.
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Bay Light is a camp that provides a chance for children to understand their place in the world and grow their self-belief. The Grant will provide two decile schools with the opportunity to attend the educational camp for free, who normally wouldn’t have the financial means or opportunity to attend.
Expressing their gratitude for the Grant, Rebecca Dow, Specialist Consultant said, “We’re passionate about providing opportunities for New Zealand young people to experience the stunning Bay of Islands and the rich history that exists there. With Canon’s support we will be able to sponsor two Decile 1 schools and will be able to record and capture their experiences in photo and video form. This will also help us to provide high-quality marketing going forward – so that more schools are aware of mission to provide a camp for students to learn more about what it means to ‘honour the past, understand the present and build the future’. Thank you again Canon for supporting Bay Light.”