About the Karen Cornelia Trust

The Karen Cornelia Trust - A House for KarenFollowing Karenís death, her sister in law, Annamarie Brbich had an idea to provide families suffering with cancer a holiday together, at no expense to the family.

Initially it was intended that, depending on donations from family and friends, a few families may have been given a holiday but eventually the funds would have run out.

From this initial idea, following discussions with family and friends, a larger plan was developed. The idea of having a bach by the sea would give many families the opportunity to have a special holiday on an ongoing basis and following inspired discussion it was decided to form The Karen Cornelia Trust - a Charitable Trust in Karenís memory to achieve this outcome and thus the ďA House for KarenĒ project was initiated.

The reason why the trustees decided to build a house as opposed to buying an existing bach was to create a unique place in Karenís memory and so that the community, family and friends could all participate in some way.

Given modern building advances it would also allow the bach to be purpose built, low maintenance and allow for wheelchair access and other special needs that the families may require.

The first priority was to get suitable land and to build the first bach. It is envisioned that a further holiday home will be built in north Taranaki at a later stage.

The Karen Cornelia Trust Trustees

  • Ronnie Van Dillen (Karenís Husband)

  • Vince Moores (Business Consultant)

  • Grant Novak (Solicitor)

Honorary Trustees:

  • Peter Tennent (Former Mayor, New Plymouth District Council)
  • Mary Bourke (Former Mayor, South Taranaki District Council)
  • Brian Jeffares (Former Mayor, Stratford District Council)