The former teacher from Carterton still inspiring generations of change-makers

The former teacher from Carterton still inspiring generations of change-makers

There’s no stopping the next generation of change-makers in New Zealand. And behind them, empowering them, continuing to cheer them on, is the late Dulcie Routhan and her life-changing gift. 
The best teachers leave a life-long impression on their students. They stay with you long after you finish school. Miss Dulcie Routhan is no different, except that she’s continuing to touch the lives of young people in New Zealand, far beyond her lifetime.

A former teacher from Carterton, Dulcie invested her heart and soul into her students. She was fiercely committed to helping youth learn about global issues and take social action. For years, Dulcie ran the World Vision 40 Hour Famine in her school, inspiring young Kiwis to challenge themselves and empowering them to help others in desperate need. 

By the time she departed in 2012, Dulcie had built an impressive property portfolio and a dairy farm. Her friend Geoff Smith described her as a "tough old bird with a heart of gold". (All the markings of a great teacher!) Dulcie fostered several philanthropic causes while she was alive and gifted land and money to her community and favourite charities. 

DulciePictured: Dulcie Routhan getting stuck in at Sparks Park, which she gifted to Carterton, her hometown.

When she passed away, Dulcie left a gift in her Will to World Vision. And through that, she is still inspiring young Kiwis to change the world. In fact, part of Dulcie’s loving gift covered all associated costs of this year’s World Vision 40 Hour Famine and youth leadership events.  

It means that even more of the money raised by tens of thousands of young Kiwis will go straight to where it’s needed – protecting children threatened by the hunger pandemic in sub-Saharan Africa.  

Many generous Kiwis say they feel great satisfaction after including a gift in their Will. They want to be remembered for what they loved in their lifetime and know their legacy will live on in the lives of children. 
In May 2021, thousands of young leaders across New Zealand came together to learn about justice and how to create change at our Youth Conference series and Senior Leadership Summit, which Dulcie helped make possible. 

Students said the events were "soul stirring" and "incredibly eye-opening" and have fired them up for the future. "To be frank, the World Vision Youth Conference was fantastic," says Hamim, a student from Lincoln High School. "All throughout the whare, there were hundreds of passionate people who were willing to create change and the conference helped intensify that passion. So much so, that I think this year, everyone who will be getting involved will not only make changes, but very large changes that will positively impact many lives." 

 class=img-responsive src= /><small>Through her gift, Dulcie helped to inspire young people in New Zealand who attended our Youth Conference series in May.</small><br /><br />Thank you, Dulcie, for believing in young people and backing them during your lifetime and beyond. With the help of people like Dulcie, young Kiwis are taking the future firmly in their hands and creating change – today. We just cannot wait to see what they do next! <br /><br /><strong>Learn how you can be like Dulcie and leave a gift in your Will that can empower generations and touch the lives of children who need you most, far into the future. </strong><br /><br /><style type=text/css>.button {    background-color: #ff6b00;     border: none;    color: white;    padding: 3px 8px;    text-align: center;    text-decoration: none;    display: inline-block;    margin: 4px 2px;    -webkit-transition-duration: 0.4s;    transition-duration: 0.4s;    cursor: pointer;}.button {    background-color: #ff6b00;     color: white;     border: none;    border-radius: 5px;}.button:hover {    background-color: #ff7800;    color: white;}</style><button class=button><strong><a class=button href=~/connect/gift-in-your-will/>Learn more</a></strong></button><br /><br /><br /> </div>

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