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The Eagles and Halberg

“Sport extracts the best from participants. The Halberg Foundation aims to extract the best from young people” Sir Murray Halberg

The Halberg Foundation was set up in 1963 by Olympian Sir Murray Halberg ONZ, MBE. It’s purpose is to enhance the lives of physically disabled New Zealanders by enabling them to participate in sport and recreation. Since 1969 the Eagles Golfing Society of New Zealand has been a valued partner of the Halberg Foundation.

This enduring partnership began when American Olympic Champion Jesse Owens was aguest speaker at Halberg’s 1969 annual ‘Sportsman of the Year Awards’ (now the ISPSHanda Halberg Awards). From this came the vision of Sir Murray Halberg and former Halberg Trustee and a past Eagles President, the late Leo Hendrey, to arrange a series of charity golf tournaments, where players could donate to Halberg.

The Halberg Foundation has a team of Advisers based regionally around New Zealand who support physically disabled people and their families to connect them to sport and recreation opportunities. They also collaborate with schools, local sport and recreation organisations and sport clubs, to raise awareness and capability for the provision of inclusive sports programmes and events.

The Halberg Activity Fund grants programme is a significant initiative of the Halberg Foundation which provides grants to help cover the costs of adaptive sports equipment, lessons and school camps for physically disabled young Kiwis. The Activity Fund is supported by the Eagles Golfing Society and has made a remarkable difference for the young people who have received a grant. Being able to ride a trike with their family and friends, receive lessons for their dream sport or being able to participate in their school camp, is invaluable.

The ability to be active and participate alongside peers, increase fitness as well as improve well-being, self-esteem and confidence, and having a stronger sense of belonging are just some of the changes we hear from the young people and familieswe’ve supported through our programmes.

In the last 50 years the Eagles have raised over five million dollars for Halberg which has all directly supported the grants programme that reduces the financial barriers on families.

The incredible support Halberg has received from the Eagles Golfing Society has made, and continues to make, a lasting impact to the lives of many physically disabled young New Zealanders, and Halberg thanks you all for your generosity.

Shelley McMeeken Chief Executive