- Created: Friday, 11 March 2016 15:30
Article by Jacob Page - Courtesy of The Blenheim Sun Newspaper
Mike Newman has been making his sausage links stretch to help fundraise for the Marlborough Boys’ College for so long, it was time he got recognised for it.
The Meaters of Marlborough boss says he is overwhelmed to receive a life membership to the Marlborough Boys’ College Old Boys As- sociation, a place he has been supporting since he left the school in 1977.
Mike says he left after three years because “back in those days that was all that was needed” and became a butcher at the request of his mother who thought one of her boys needed a trade. “I did it and thought I’d only be here four years – that was the plan but I’ve been here ever since.” Mike says he liked to think of himself as a cog in the fundraising wheel. “I’m very much the guy in the background and I’m sure there are people out there do- ing it who are more deserving than me.
“I spend too much time working here so I don’t have the chance to be out there, but I like to help those people that are out there actively doing it – the ones who are at the games selling the raffels or cooking the sausages. “I don’t feel like the Old Boys’ Association asks for much but they make whatever they get work.”
Head of the Old Boys Association Ross Anderson says Mike’s generosity over many years has helped hundreds of children and young adults are able to afford opportunities and reach their full potential. “Mike may give us $10 worth of sausages for example but we can then turn that into $40 worth of fundraising for a sports team or individual. “While it’s not cash, it’s product that we can make plenty of money from and we really appreciate that.”
Mike says while the prospect of a new combined college site is exciting he loved the main building on the MBC ground.“I think the Association has a key role to play in keeping the history relevant when the move comes.” Ross says Mike’s contributions are not just limited to MBC and his community spirit knows no limits.
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It is my privilege to present my second annual report. MCOBA has taken some great steps forward this year, but not large enough. As with all voluntary organisations, we are totally dependent on people’s available time. Hopefully we will shortly receive assistance in the form of an administration person to relieve basic administration and improve continuity.
This year’s most notable project would be our car delivery program in association with Blenheim Toyota. It was great to meet many of our Old Boys who kindly volunteered their time to deliver new rental vehicles to Picton. As a result of this project, your MCOBA has been able to contribute over $20,000 to the college’s four pillars initiative.
During the year we have seen the establishment of our web site, extensive social media presence and a regular Parapet magazine sent out by electronic mail. Thankfully, we have finally got our accounting set up in Xero and are starting to build a reliable database of members. To those of you who have received duplicated invoicing, my apologies. Dominic has been working with Sandra Robinson to create a meaningful database of members, which to date we have not had. Personally, I have enjoyed working with the positive attitude of Wayne Hegarty and his team during the uncertain period of the schools possible relocation. Whatever the outcome, the MCOBA will be most important to maintain the college’s traditions and history. As Old Boy’s we need to encourage our school mates to become interested in the Old Boys’ Association. This year I must thank Sandra Robinson for her computer skills and Jill Adams for taking on the organisation and coordination of the vehicle delivery project. Your organisation has been able to donate over $25,000 to the college this year. Leading the contributions is $19,500 to support leadership training, followed by $3,115 to provide swimming pool maintenance support. We continued to support academic excellence and positive student attitudes with our end of year academic prizes.
As a result of our improved social media presence, it has been great to engage with Old Boy’s throughout the world, who still take a keen interest in the college sports team results and general news. Thank you to past pupil Logan Anderson for his contributions to enhancing our social media. Thank you also to John Bailey our tireless secretary, who keeps our minutes with precision and provide excellent secretarial support. In conclusion I would like to thank the committee for their support and attendance at our meetings and hope to see more of our members attending our bi-monthly open lunch meeting at Fairweather’s in the future.
The Marlborough College Old Boys' Association has compiled a roll of honour listing the names of Old Boys' who lost their lives in service of their country. The Roll of Honour has been created using information supplied by the College, family, friends, newspaper reports and official sources.
Role of Honour for Marlborough College Old Boys' who lost their lives in World War 1 & World War 2.
|2nd Lieutenant||Thomas||Grace MID|
|Squadron Leader||Peter||Hobbs DFC|
|Flight Lieutenant||William||Miller DFC|
|Sergeant Air Gunner||Ivan||Reeves|