The exceptionally impressive charity fundraising efforts of one of Webber Independents longest serving members of staff has been publicly celebrated - Moira Staerck Director of Curriculum and who has been working at the School for 28 years, was delighted to be amongst a select few recognised by the NSPCC as a ‘Volunteer Hero’ during Volunteers’ Week at the start of June.
Moira has been volunteering and raising funds for the NSPCC for over 18 years, in which time she has accumulated more than half a million pounds for the charity and says her avid support for the charity stemmed from realising how important a good start in life is for young people across the country.
Having raised large sums of money being sponsored to take part in multiple marathons and triathlons, in 1999 the determined sportswoman turned her attention to establishing Milton Keynes very own half marathon – a now annual event which has been taking place ever since. Moira said, “It was my natural inclination as a mother to give the support to the NSPCC – raising my own four children has been my greatest achievement to date. I am so pleased that with the support of friends and family as well as my planning and organisational skills we have been able to increase the monies raised by founding the half marathon in Milton Keynes.”
The Webber Independent School has played an instrumental role in both Moira’s career and the schooling of her children and grandchildren. All four children came to Webber for their education, and blossomed as a result of the support and encouragement of staff. Moira said, “At School they were given confidence to find independence in both the academic and social and personal arenas. My grandchildren are now experiencing the same individual attention – at Webber staff truly nurture each student’s academic abilities and personal needs, the talents of all are encouraged to flourish. It is what makes us unique.”
Two of Moira’s sons now also work for GEMS – one as a teacher at Webber - the school he attended as a young boy - and another at the Jumeriah College in Dubai; both shining examples of ambitious educationalists who are enjoying the global career opportunities offered by GEMS. “I have always taught my children that a good employer will support you if you show them loyalty, productivity, proactivity and forward thinking – bringing benefit to all. I am happy that I instilled in them the confidence to travel around the world in pursuit of exciting jobs and new adventures.”
Moira’s fundraising efforts are quite simply amazing; without doubt her support will have been invaluable and touched the lives of many along the way. So, what’s on the horizon for the 59 year old pocket rocket with more energy than someone a quarter of her age?! Another triathlon (of course!!) “It has always been my primary focus to see my children and grandchildren happy and succeeding in their lives – but the next major milestone has to be gaining a ‘personal best’ in a triathlon! Wish me luck!”