Dame Rosemary Horton, a prominent philanthropist and dedicated fundraiser in New Zealand, has passed away.
The Breast Cancer Foundation has issued a statement expressing grief over the passing of its patron, founding trustee, and former chairperson. The individual in question passed away at Auckland City Hospital over the weekend. The statement was released on Monday afternoon.
For over 40 years, Dame Carol Ann Horton, aged 83, has raised millions of dollars for various organizations, with a particular focus on those that benefit children and women. Her efforts were recognized in 2011 when she was awarded the title of Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her contributions to philanthropy.
As a trustee and patron of the Starship Foundation, and the founder of Friends of Starship in Auckland, the late Horton held the organization in high regard, referring to it as “the love of my life.”
In addition to his other endeavors, Horton served as a patron for various organizations, including the Gut Cancer Foundation and the Rautakauri Music Therapy Trust.
Throughout his career, Horton has been actively engaged with a number of charitable organizations, including Women’s Refuge, Home and Family, the Salvation Army Bethany Centre, Friends of Aotea, Abbeyfield New Zealand, the Athlae Lyon Starship Research Trust, Macular Degeneration New Zealand, the SPCA, and the University of Auckland’s Centre of Brain Research.
According to the chairperson of the Breast Cancer Foundation, Justine Smyth, the loss of Horton and the impact she left behind cannot be measured.
In a solemn statement, the speaker conveyed the heartbreaking news of the passing of Dame Rosie.
Rosie’s unwavering support played a pivotal role in the establishment of the foundation almost three decades ago. Her contribution has been instrumental in shaping the charity into what it is today.
According to Smyth, at the time when Horton initially got involved, cancer was a topic of general discussion. However, breast cancer was still considered a private matter.
Rosie’s efforts truly brought breast cancer to the forefront of public attention.
The work she left behind has had a profound impact, resulting in the preservation of countless women’s lives.
According to Smyth, Horton served as a source of inspiration not only for her, but for numerous individuals.
The remarkable leadership and unwavering dedication of this individual towards aiding women and the Breast Cancer Foundation is truly noteworthy. Her fervent passion for assisting others is equally commendable.
Her inspiration will continue to be felt by us every day.
According to Smyth, Horton was an exceptional individual who possessed remarkable kindness and an unwavering determination to make a difference. Smyth referred to Horton as a pioneer and an incredible force to be reckoned with.
Rosie’s presence in this world is crucial for progress, according to the speaker.
The individual in question was described as an exceptional individual.
According to Martin Wiseman, the Chairman of the Starship Foundation, the national children’s hospital owes much of its success to an individual whose contribution has been invaluable.
Renowned philanthropist, Dame Rosie Horton, initially declined to participate in Starship’s charitable endeavors due to her prior commitments to other organizations. However, a poignant account from a patient ultimately convinced her to change her stance. During her visit to Starship, she encountered a mother and child who had embarked on a four-day bus journey from Southland to reach the hospital. She expressed her concern, stating that such a lengthy and arduous journey was unacceptable.
Thirty years ago, the hospital was in dire need of even the most fundamental paediatric equipment. In response, she rallied her friends to support the cause and raise funds to provide optimal healthcare for children.
According to Jo Simon, the Chief Executive of Starship, Horton embodies compassion and demonstrates an unwavering commitment to aiding those who are less fortunate.
Dame Rosie is being praised for her remarkable vision, her tenacious fundraising efforts, and her magnanimous character, for which we are eternally grateful. As we continue the crucial work that she initiated, her legacy will endure.
According to Dame Hinewehi Mohi, the founder of Rautakauri Music Therapy, Horton was a formidable presence.
Mohi expressed admiration for the inspiring effect that the woman had on both Mohi and anyone who crossed paths with her.
According to Mohi, Horton possessed a warm and generous heart.
During an Auckland Council civilian award ceremony, Mohi reminisced about attending the event where Horton was being honored.
During the event, she utilized the opportunity to raise awareness for the charitable organizations she was affiliated with, rather than seeking personal recognition.
According to Mohi, “she” has left an extraordinary legacy.
The individual expressed their condolences to Michael and his family, sending their aroha.
According to the Raukatauri Music Therapy Trust website, Horton was born in Christchurch and has resided in Auckland for over five decades.
According to the report, the individual in question had a daughter and two step-children who are currently alive. Additionally, the individual had five grandchildren, whom they described as “wonderful.”
Horton tied the knot with Michael Horton, who was associated with the media group Wilson and Horton Ltd, which was once the publisher of The New Zealand Herald.
Horton was named one of the most significant philanthropists in Aotearoa by the National Business Review in 2016.
Horton’s efforts have played a crucial role in securing funds for vital medical equipment at Starship Children’s Hospital. This includes the establishment of New Zealand’s inaugural paediatric bone marrow transplant unit.
In 2008, an Auckland resident was bestowed with the esteemed Mayor’s Living Legend Award. The following year, in 2009, she was presented with the Catherine Variety Sheridan Award by Variety (The Childrens’ Charity) for her unwavering dedication to enhancing the well-being of children in New Zealand.