Together with the Epilepsy Waikato Charitable Trust, the Epilepsy Foundation achieved a full house insuring the amazing success of ‘Seize Life’, its inaugural fundraiser in Hamilton. 260 guests representing the Hamilton business fraternity and support agencies attended the event held on Thursday May 30th in Skycity.
The theme portrayed by an array of excellent guest presenters at Seize Life was ‘pursuing excellence and achieving success’. This, in strong contrast to Erica’s story, who’s, dreams of a glittering academic career were shattered by the onset of disabling epilepsy.
The evening was presided over by legendary All Black, TV presenter and MC extraordinaire Ian ‘Kamo’ Jones. Controlling the line up, Kamo kicked the program off introducing an excellent line up of successful New Zealanders.
First up, High Performance Sport NZ Psychologist Dr. Rod Corban, explained, very interestingly, the often surprising characteristics of high achievers, Silver Fern and Magic Coach, Noeline Taurua, continued by divulging her secret of ‘tough love’ as a winning formula. All Black, Mathew Cooper, humorously related his story of transition in pursuit of excellence, moving from the changing room to the boardroom as CEO of Sport Waikato.
Ultimate success is extremely elusive but our next three presenters represent all that New Zealand aspires to.
Philippa Gray stole the hearts of all in attendance with her inspirational story of riding to glory at the 2012 London Paralympics. Reaching her ultimate goals winning gold, sliver and bronze medals took on even more significance when, Phillipa explained she was born with Ushers Syndrome. (read further below)
While attempting to equal these amazing stories would appear nigh on impossible, Seize Life was delighted to welcome the Epilepsy Foundation sponsor and global corporate giant, The Gallagher Group. Deputy CEO, Steve Tucker and Corporate Services Executive, Margaret Comer both educated and entertained guests with the Gallagher way being, customer inspired, relentless innovators, outstanding quality and enduring relationships. Huge thanks to the Gallagher Group, who the Foundation is delighted to call its headlining sponsor.
Margaret Comer and Steve Tucker from the Gallagher Group
All Seize Life presenters were truly inspirational, their freely forthcoming support and generosity toward those living with epilepsy was exceptional. The great fun and humour in which the evening progressed was temporarily stalled, and silence reigned, as the Epilepsy Foundations guest presenter Erica Tiedemann told her harrowing story. Erica’s onset of epilepsy shattered her pursuit of excellence and fulfilling what was to be a glittering academic career. With her assist dog Casper, Erica took the stage and reminded us why events such as Seize Life are essential…namely, to raise awareness and not forgot those in our communities living with neurological conditions and raise funds to support program implementation for 90000 kiwis living with epilepsy.
Philippa, Erica and Casper