Fuelled by passion. Enabled by you.

Sascha was a cadet in Auckland City Hospital’s Health Care Assistant Programme and was so fuelled with inspiration that she decided to pursue nursing. But it wouldn’t have been possible without a Rise scholarship.

I believe I have found my calling. We need more of our whānau looking after our whānau.

Thanks to funding and support she receives through the Rise scholarship programme, 23-year-old Sascha Henry is now studying nursing with a focus on Māori health.

“I don’t think I would have gone on to nursing if I didn’t have the cadetship behind me.” says Sascha. “For me, learning and gaining the hands-on experience really made me want to do nursing. As a healthcare assistant, you see nurses do so much and it made me want to be that person helping that patient.

“Being a young Māori-Pasifika, and hearing about the statistics of our people in health, it really made me want to push to be in there. I want to make a difference for our people within the health sector. I believe I have found my calling. We need more of our whānau looking after our whānau.”

Auckland City Hospital believes in, and values this investment.

Chief Nursing Officer Margaret Dotchin says it is extremely satisfying to see the students learn and grow, and become valued members of Auckland City Hospital’s nursing team.

You can help people like Sascha achieve their passion. Without our help, people like her are less likely to succeed and, as such, our nursing and midwifery workforce suffers.

Your gift will help us build a stronger and more diverse nursing and midwifery workforce.

Find out how you can help aspiring nurses and midwives rise here.

Above photo (L-R): Fellow cadet Calvin Fuimaono Aiesi Naoia with Sascha Henry