Celebrating 14 years of partnership of Gold Heart Scholarship programme with Variety - the Children's Charity

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Variety – the Children’s Charity is honoured to recognise CMC Markets as one of its Principal Partners and a founding sponsor of its Gold Heart Scholarship programme. The programme, launched in 2007, is designed to help talented Kiwi kids reach their full potential and overcome personal challenges. Thanks to their commitment to the programme over 100 scholarships have been granted, enabling young people who are physically or financially challenged to fulfill their ambitions in the arts, sports or education. These future leaders, artists and sportspeople have had their dreams funded and have achieved success thanks to the vision of CMC Markets.

Please see further details below for some of the recipients of the 2020 Gold Heart Scholarship programme. CMC Markets have sponsored 6 recipients for 2020.

Meet this year’s Gold Heart Scholarship Recipients

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Hannah Walpole - 16 years, Tauranga

Hannah is a previous Gold Heart Scholar, and currently working on her goal of going to the USA on a tennis or academic scholarship. Her determination and talent as a sportswoman enabled her to be the champion at the Under 16 Western Bay of Plenty Residential tournament.

Hannah was also selected to represent Waikato-Bays as a member of the Under 16 team at the Junior National Teams event. Aside from training hard and volunteer-coaching young tennis players, Hannah also excels academically. Her scholarship will go towards squad training, individual coaching, and competition costs.

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Laci Iro - 17 years, Auckland

This is Laci’s third year as a Gold Heart Scholar for her excellent achievements in tag rugby, netball, and rugby league. Her team placed second overall in the Under 21 Senior National Tag rugby competition.

Laci also played for the Cook Islands Under 21 Women’s team at the Senior Oceania Rugby Tag Nationals. Her Gold Heart Scholarship will be used for equipment, training gear, competition fees and travel costs for tournaments.

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Verity Howells- 17 years, Hamilton

This is Verity’s third year as a Gold Heart Scholar for her continued success in the Performing Arts. In 2019, Verity travelled to the USA for the World Championships of Performing Arts in Hollywood and won 12 medals in singing, acting, and modelling.

This year’s Gold Heart Scholarship will be used to fund her personal mentoring in Las Vegas by international vocal coach Romeo Johnson, who said he has ‘found a very special and awesome talent in Verity’.

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Percy Maka - 14 years, Auckland

Percy is receiving the Gold Heart Scholarship for the third year for his hard work and determination in Athletics. Percy is a former two-time Youth World Discus Record Holder for the 11 & 12-year-old age groups. He currently holds Discus and Shot-Put records for his age group for Counties Manukau and Auckland.

Despite a rigorous training schedule, Percy still manages to volunteer his time at the club. His scholarship will be used for training gear, equipment, club fees, chiropractor and Auckland and International competitions.

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Rina Maka - 14 years, Auckland

Rina is a gifted athlete who consistently shows determination, passion, and a positive attitude towards her chosen sport: Shot Put and Discus. At school, Rina was the only intermediate student to have broken both the Year 7 and 8 records in Shot Put.

Rina is a great role model and teaches the younger members of her club the basics of athletics events. Her Gold Heart Scholarship will be used for training gear, equipment, club fees, chiropractor and throwing shoes.

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Troy Maka - 12 years, Auckland

A previous Gold Heart Scholar, Troy is a natural in Shot Put and Discus. Troy is currently the Youth World Record Discus holder for 11-year-olds. He also is the Athletics Auckland Record Holder in Discus for ages 10 and 11. As a result, he won the Arahoe Primary School Sportsman award for 2018. His scholarship will be used to cover the cost of training gear, equipment, and club fees.

Variety – the Children’s Charity has been privileged to partner with CMC Markets since we introduced our Variety Gold Heart Scholarship programme in 2007. 

Together we have helped over 100 talented Kiwi kids, reach their full potential and overcome personal challenges. It has been a thrill to watch many of these young people go on to succeed in their chosen field, whether it be the arts, sports or education. 

Variety is enormously grateful to CMC Markets for their continued support over the years. The opportunities they have provided to our young people have shaped many bright futures ahead. 

Lorraine Taylor , CEO Variety - the Children's Charity 

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