Dame Rosemary Obituary, Death – Dame Rosemary (Rosie) Horton, who was one of the most notable philanthropists in New Zealand and a tireless fundraiser, has gone away. She was known throughout New Zealand for her contributions to the country’s charitable causes. In a statement released on Monday afternoon, the Breast Cancer Foundation expressed their deepest sympathies following the demise of their patron, founding trustee, and former chairwoman, who had died away over the weekend in Auckland City Hospital.
Horton, who is now 83 years old, has been active in philanthropy for more than four decades, during which time she has raised millions of dollars for a wide range of organizations, many of which are concerned with the welfare of children and women. She was awarded the title of Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2011, in recognition of the significant contributions she has made to the nonprofit sector.
She was a trustee at the Starship Foundation in Auckland and a supporter of the organization. In addition, she was the founder of the Friends of Starship group in Auckland. The city of Auckland was referred to by Horton as “the love of my life.”
In addition, Horton supported a variety of humanitarian causes through his work as a patron for organizations such as the Gut Cancer Foundation and the Rautakauri Music Therapy Trust. Horton was also involved in numerous other organizations over the course of his life, including Women’s Refuge, Home and Family, the Bethany Centre of the Salvation Army, Friends of Aotea, Abbeyfield New Zealand, the Athlae Lyon Starship Research Trust, Macular Degeneration New Zealand, the SPCA, and the Centre of Brain Research at the University of Auckland, amongst others.