A group of Marlborough Boys' College supporters have been celebrating after raising nearly $130,000 for the college.
About 90 members of the Marlborough College Charitable Foundation gathered at Marlborough Boys' College hall on Thursday night to mark a year of fundraising for the college.
The foundation was set up in 2011 to help the school cover expenses for students while the school repays a $1.3 million loan made to the school by the Government in 2009.
Chairman Dominic Romano said the foundation was "rapt" with its first year's fundraising total of $129,340.
"It's fantastic, you can't fault the support. It's a start, it's just going to keep going. The challenge is to carry it on like this."
Mr Romano said the majority of funds raised were from the foundation's 70 Gold and Blue members who were signed up to donate $100 a month or $1200 a year to the foundation for three years. Sponsors also came on board for two campaigns to buy the school rowing eight a new skiff and oars.
Along with buying the skiff the foundation bought two Ford Transit vans for the school. It also helped with tournament fees for some of the school's sports teams, funding for the six students who rowed in the Queen's jubilee regatta and paid for the head boy and student board of trustees member to attend leadership courses. The foundation recorded a surplus of $80,508.
During the celebration event the foundation members heard speeches from boys' college principal Wayne Hegarty about his vision for the school and senior students from the college spoke about the impact of the foundation in the school. Foundation patron Sir David Gascoigne also entertained the crowd with a key note speech.
College musicians including the school jazz band and No Girls Aloud choir also performed, as did the school kapa haka group and Marlborough Stars in Their Eyes winners Fella Voce.
- The Marlborough Express