College – Issue 41

BEQUESTS Four more join the Sewell Society

College means a lot to four new members of the Sewell Society. All four were formally admitted to the prestigious group at an afternoon tea in the Board Room on 21 May 2021. Former Board chairman Julian Holderness, Andrew Logan, former Bursar Colin Sweetman and Bonnie Perry have each pledged significant sums to College. They were presented with a special gift box by Executive Principal Garth Wynne.

Bequest Manager Peter Davidson said the gift boxes were both a thank you and a tangible reminder of their membership of the society. Named after Henry Sewell, New Zealand’s first Premier – who was also instrumental in getting College established on its Rolleston Avenue site – the Sewell Society was a “very special group”, Peter pointed out. “There will be many further opportunities for you to continue your relationship with College,” he told the newcomers.

“I love the place,” Old Boy Julian Holderness said. “It does so much to give boys a great start, and, for me, this is a chance to pay back.” With first a son and now a grandson being educated at College, Julian said he had a genuine excuse to visit, and relished attending the Grandparents’ Day celebration. “It’s been a huge part of my life, and I still thank it for the benefits it gave me throughout my adulthood.”

Christ’s College Canterbury


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