Variety Gold Heart Scholars Beth Reid, Lovely Pulotu and David Pulotu took a spin around the race track with 18-year-old racing prodigy Peter Vodanovich over the weekend, courtesy of CMC Markets.
The founding sponsor of Variety’s Gold Heart Scholarship programme, CMC Markets New Zealand’s general manager, Chris Smith, says as one of the youngest and fastest rising motorsport stars New Zealand has ever produced, Peter is a natural role model for other young Kiwis.
“We’re so glad the Variety scholars were able to meet Peter and hear his story,” he says.
The day, at Pukekohe Park Raceway, also offered an opportunity for Vodanovich to share a few words of encouragement with the scholars, further inspiring their dreams of representing New Zealand on the world sporting stage.
“I’m genuinely honoured to have the opportunity to inspire other young Kiwis to continue reaching for their dreams,” says Peter.
Lorraine Taylor, Variety – the Children’s Charity chief executive officer says ‘Variety is incredibly grateful to CMC Markets, not only for their financial support over the last 12 years of the programme, but also for genuinely championing our kids with invaluable experiences like these’.
Beth, Lovely and David represent some of the country’s best young talent in their respective sporting fields, and, as recipients of the Gold Heart Scholarship programme, received up to $5,000 each to help them reach their full potential.
Applications for the 2019 round of funding is now open, through until 29 March, with scholarships available for sports, academia and the performing arts.
With funding of up to $5,000 per child available, the scholarships are awarded to children aged up to 18 years old who have an exceptional talent and are disadvantaged financially or living with an illness or disability.
This year’s Gold Heart Scholarships are jointly funded by CMC Markets and Zurich New Zealand.