Friday, July 30, 2010

The Cuthbert Funds

WGWG has approximately $120,000 remaining from the Peter Cuthbert bequest. This fund has been critical to help us employ Brendan (and Hanna) to run Schools Out. It has also provided a lot of assistance to help men with HIV. This month we granted $800 to help a Wellingtonian with HIV pay bills and keep his business on track.

Peter Cuthbert passed away in 1988. He was one of the very first New Zealanders to contract HIV back in 1984. Bill spoke at Peter’s funeral. Here’s an extract from Bill’s speech:

"This was a man who was a supporter, a proper up of people, and a man who served his community. He was a man who gave a great deal. We have lost someone very special."

It’s a credit to Peter’s generosity that he is still supporting the gay and lesbian community today, over 20 years later.