Dame Hilda Ross Fund

The Dame Hilda Ross Memorial Fund was founded by former National Party Woman Vice President Maureen Eardley-Wilmot to support and inspire women to be involved at all levels of the National Party.

Born in July 1983, Dame Hilda was a music teacher, JP, war-time fundraiser, business woman, arts leader, wife, and mother. Winning the Hamilton by-election, on 26th May 1945, she went on to serve in the first National Government as a Member of the Executive Council, Minister of Social Security, Welfare of Women & Children, and Child Welfare.

Under the umbrella of the National Foundation, the Fund considers applications supporting women to pursue a political career at a local or national level. The fund also holds events and workshops to assist women in local and central government politics, or may assist women to attend suitable professional development programmes.

Your financial support can be made by donating to the National Foundation specifying the Dame Hilda Ross Fund as the destination of your contribution.

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If you wish to discuss your support for the National Foundation please contact our Foundation Secretary on [email protected] or phone us on 0800 255 266.