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Gavin Wylie's legacy lives on

When Gavin Wylie passed away in 1980, his family and friends decided to honour his memory by helping others. Now, the trust that was founded in his name is winding down - but its legacy will remain.

Spirit of Adventure Trust Board chairman Stephen Fisher (left) with Mary Craig and John Wylie, the trustees of the Gavin Wylie Memorial Trust.

The Gavin Wylie Memorial Trust has donated its remaining funds of more than $82,000 to the Spirit of Adventure Trust.

The money will now be administered by the sailing charity as the Gavin Wylie Memorial Scholarship.

Trustee John Wylie remembers his brother as a man who would help anyone.

As a long-standing member of the Grammar Old Boys Rugby Club, trusted builder and father, Gavin had touched a lot of people in his life.

When the Remuera resident passed away from bowel cancer at the age of 33, his family and friends wanted to do something meaningful to remember him.

The trust they formed in 1981 provided opportunities for young people to experience leadership and confidence building activities.

It was aimed at youths without the financial ability to attend these opportunities, as well as children of cancer-suffering families who needed a break.

Over the years, the trust has sent many young people to Outward Bound courses, Spirit of Adventure trips and Camp Adair.

"It was rewarding," John says.

"Typically in their letters [the recipients] said it was the trip of a lifetime."

The trust has found it increasingly difficult over the years to sift through potential candidates, and the decision was made to hand over the money to the Spirit of Adventure.

"They married up very much with what we were wanting," John says.

Additionally, the larger trust has the ability to better administer the scholarship funds.

"[They can] cast their net wider, they have the mechanisms for checking that the recipients fit the criteria," he says.

The scholarship will be available from the Spirit of Adventure for at least 16 years, ensuring a 50-year legacy in Gavin's name.

"We're happy to release the reins because it's going to a good cause," John says.

Applications for the scholarship can be made through the Spirit of Adventure Trust.

Story written by Alice Parminter

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