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Children's & Grandchildren's Trust


If you are a New Zealand Vietnam Veteran with children or if you are the child or grandchild of a New Zealand Vietnam Veteran and need a helping hand then the EVSA (Neville Wallace Memorial) Children's & Grandchildren's Trust may be able to assist.

Since its inception in 1993 the Trust has provided financial assistance covering the whole range of youth endeavour... from help to attend Outward Bound of funding a saddle for an aspiring jockey; from subsiding the cost of tertiary education to the purchase of musical instruments; from assistance under the Rotary Youth Leadership Exchange programme to the recognition of sporting achievement.

If you would like to find more about the Trust and how to apply for a grant then go to the Trust website at evsayouthtrust.org.nz



To date the trustees have awarded over $236,573 in bursaries ranging from $159 to $2,500.



It is my privilege to present this report on the activities of the Vietnam Veterans (Neville Wallace Memorial) Children's & Grandchildren's Trust for the period 1 January 2015 to 31 December 2015.

I particularly acknowledge the generous donation of $15,000 from the Ranfurly Veterans' Trust. It is encouraging that the Trust chose us as the first recipient of one of their grants. For our part and we will be associating their donation with the award of the David Wright Memorial Bursary. I look forward to building further on that relationship.

Since its inception the Trust has made a total of 493 grants ranging in value from $159 to $2,500. In 2015 we awarded a total of 32 bursaries (c/w 24 in 2014) with an average value of $640. The assistance given continues to be wide and varied encompassing the whole gambit of education, sporting and cultural endeavour. 81% of the bursaries awarded went to first time applicants (down 7%); 81% went to applicants resident in New Zealand; 34% were to the children of Vietnam veterans (up 5%); this year and for the first time male and female recipients were equally divided; 66% were aged less than 20 years of age; 6% were aged between 20 and 30 years while 28% were aged greater than 30.

Our website www.evsayouthtrust.org.nz continues to attract considerable interest so much so that the site register counter reset after it recorded visitor 99,999. I acknowledge the professionalism of our webmaster Wayne Cribb. Wayne is barrister who has an interest in website design. He works for gratis and we thank him for that. I am pleased to advise that the website is now fully sponsored by Jimmy Jacks Ribshack in Paihia.


29 March 2016


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