I first heard about the idea for TimeOut when I was on holiday, staying in a Bachcare house in Rotorua with my family. Family has always been an incredibly important part of my life and I understood the importance and need for a charity like TimeOut immediately. We had paid over two thousand dollars to rent our house for the week and I could imagine how financially, a family with a terminal illness would find it difficult to come up with the funds for a break – and yet, their need for a time away to enjoy each other would be immense! TimeOut was an idea that needed to happen!
I believe strongly in God and I believe strongly that He gives us ideas and opportunities to serve others in many different ways. I knew immediately that this was a way I could serve, by helping Ronda make her charitable idea a reality in any way that I could.
I am a mum of a toddler and there pretty much isn’t anything that I don’t love about it! I became a mum later in life and I feel that even though I thought I’d had a pretty exciting life with my career and travelling abroad beforehand, my life only really became totally awesome and off the charts fantastic when my son was born. Before my life became a techni-color, crayon welding, story-time reading, wonderland, I spent many years working in media and communications.
What I enjoy most about being a part of TimeOut is envisioning families, mums and dads, sons and daughters, being able to have a break away together. For myself personally, my favourite people in my world are my family. There is no one else I would rather spend time with. Working out a way for other families in need to be able to spend time together as well – gosh, what a great feeling!
I have worked with Ronda for many years, when she learned that she had cancer, when she learned she only had a few years to live, when she went through Chemo and came through the other side. When she came up with the idea for TimeOut and as she developed the idea. She asked if I would be interested. Of course, I said yes 🙂
My mother was diagnosed with Motor Neuron disease when I was 10. She was given 2 years to live while her muscles slowly degraded, she went through a divorce, setup the Motor Neuron Society for NZ, remarried and lived for 20 years to see her grandchildren.
I attended a number of MND meetings and got to know a number of the patients and their families. I know that our family and many of the MND families would have really appreciated TimeOut and access to a holiday home at no cost.
I have experience in graphic design, online marketing, project management, setting up and running a business. I am a founder and Director of Zeald. I love working with awesome people – Helping clients achieve results – Scientific optimisation, Measuring, interpreting data and continual improvement.
When I am not at work I am building roads on our Puhoi farm and hanging with my kids. I am originally fromÂ Mangawhai. I visit Mangawhai every so often to see family. But Auckland or Orewa is where the work is.
I’m the younger sister of the founder of TimeOut and want to contribute to what I think is a great way to support families who have loved ones who are terminally ill.
I have experience in managing large financial budgets in my professional capacity and have some experience in the role of Treasurer on previous charitable committees.
I am a public servant both with twenty years experience in central and local government, managing research, evaluation, monitoring, change management and policy development teams. I really enjoy the focus I’ve recently had in my career, working to improve outcomes for Maori in Auckland.
When my beautiful sister Ronda was diagnosed terminally ill all I wanted to do was to help her and her family somehow, it was often difficult to find a tangible way to help them. Working for this charity gives me a way to do something for my sister and to help other families who find themselves in the same situation.
My husband and I keep ourselves busy caring for our three daughters. They are busy and active so we spend most of our spare time helping out with their various sports teams. I am originally from Kawerau and like to get back to the Bay as often as possible.
I am a partner in the Wynn Williams national Dispute Resolution Team and based in Christchurch.
My family and I are from the North Shore, Auckland and have been long time friends of Ronda and her family. We have worked together over the years in different volunteer roles.
We moved to Christchurch a couple of years ago and love it.
I have prosecuted over 140 criminal trials with particular expertise in prosecuting cases involving serious sexual offending and child abuse.
I liaise with our team here at Wynn Williams to provide legal advice and services to help TimeOut. As a child my mother went through a terminal illness and I know a TimeOut experience would have made a difference for our family.
When I am not working I love to spend time with my family on our lifestyle block and exploring the wonders of the South Island and local sites.
In 2013 I was diagnosed with stage 4 terminal cancer and given a year to live. My children at the time were aged 18, 17 and 13. In fact, my daughter had her 17th Birthday at my hospital bed the morning before i had surgery. It was late October, so they were all in the middle of exams. It is fair to say we were all in shock and dealing with things as best we could.
A friend offered us her holiday home to go and stay in once the kids had finished their exams. It was the best thing for us. Christmas came quickly and we again were offered a friends holiday home as a place to rest on our way to Wellington to spend time with extended family. We could not have done the trip without this generosity.
Both of these experiences made a big and real difference to us at a time when things were extremely difficult. I realised that our situation was not unique, there are a lot of families affected by terminal illness. Building memories in a way that doesn’t add extra financial burden is one of the key things every family affected by terminal illness needs to do. My hope is that TimeOut will help connect terminally families with generous donators so that they too will have the opportunity to build memories and find strength from being supported by the community.
In 2002, a family friend from Christchurch was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. While her husband was planning a final road trip around New Zealand together, he approached us to ask if they could stay in our beach house at Oakura Bay in Northland. They had a lovely time together, and after her passing he let us know just how much that time together had meant to them.
This experience got me thinking, and in 2004 I approached the Northland Cancer Society in Whangarei to see if we could do this for other families in similar positions. Together, we created a programme for donating a weeklong holiday in our beach house for families with serious health challenges, and over the following years we have had close to 50 families spend time there as part of this programme.
Then, when I watched the TimeOut piece of TV1â€™s Seven Sharp programme, I was really impressed with TimeOut, and got in touch with Ronda to offer to help alongside these other wonderful, likeminded people. I love digital technology, and have been in the software and internet business since the early 1980â€™s after being brought-up in the countryside in Northland. My wife Jan and I have been fortunate enough to have a family holiday home in Oakura Bay for many years, where we and our three boys as well as tons of friends, have holidayed for many summers.
I just love sharing these kinds of family escapes with others.