Seriously ill as a young man, Mark Prujean spent 24 months in and out of hospital, and by the time he was diagnosed with Guillain-Barre Syndrome he’d realised many children weren’t lucky enough to reach 21, as he had. Now a businessman running a national food franchise, he became involved in the Variety Bash, a fun car rally that is a big fund raiser for Variety – The Children’s Charity, becoming part of organising committees, sitting on the Variety board for four years, and being involved with Bikes for Kids and the Book Fair.
He also chaired the committee of Pakuranga Children’s Health Camp for three years and helped with fundraising and rebuilding the camp.
Sent a Gobabygo web link by Jacqui Madelin in 2014, he could see the local need and used his contacts to spark its formation in New Zealand, and to start a funding network. Mark now chairs a small committee that gives away 70 cars a year to mobility impaired children ranging in age from 18 months to 7 years.
Mark also sits on the board of Make a wish Pacific since its inception in 2015.
Mark has known Glen and Shirley since Mark Wilson got involved in the Trillian Trek, and after spending the 2017 Christmas break away with Glen and Shirley realised that the Brain Injured Trust needed a helping hand. He joined the Trust with the aim of doubling the amount of children the Trust supports.
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