A letter written to sports and health minister Dr Jonathan Coleman by two parents of disabled children reveal the depths of dissatisfaction with the Halberg Disability Sports Foundation, -yet the MP has declined to meet with them…
(ed:..aahh..!..jonathan ‘cigar-boy’ coleman – hasn’t he been a stellar tory minister..eh..?…’don’t care!’-on-a-stick..that one..)
Sandra Hickey and Lise Baldwin – writing as the co-founders of Parents for Young Disabled Athletes (now known as the Chariot Project) said families faced ‘enormous barriers’ in getting their children ‘participating in quality sport on a regular basis’ despite Sport New Zealand’s $1.5 million investment (2013-14) in inclusion.
‘Sadly the biggest barrier we and many others have come up against has been the Halberg Disability Foundation itself’ they wrote.
The letter highlighted the discrepancy between revenue and grants highlighted in a Herald on Sunday report today.
The letter also accused the foundation of misleading the public and sponsors.
‘[The HDSF] continually misrepresent to the general public about how they ‘enhance the lives of physically disabled New Zealanders by enabling them to participate in sport and recreation’.
They do not provide nor ensure ongoing – long term – quality and regular sporting participation …
‘As parents and citizens concerned about the unethical behaviour of [the foundation] we … feel we have been silent for long enough’.
They requested to meet with the minister to elaborate on their concerns but were ‘brushed off’ by Coleman.