Our primary fundraising efforts go towards Cure Kids through participation in adventure racing and we've competed in every Cure Kids 'Great Adventure Race' since 2012. After it stopped running in 2018, we continued to fundraise and enter new adventure races. Money raised from these events goes directly to scientific research into the life-threatening childhood diseases and conditions affecting New Zealand children and their families.
In November 2022, 3 teams took on the Lactic Turkey P3/P6 hour events and we had our highest female participation to date. Seasoned veterans Alan and Jason also conquered the 12 hour Marokopa Munter!
On 7 August 2021, 3 teams took part in the 3, 6 and 12 hour Whangamata Adventure Race, helping to contribute to our grand total fundraising goal of $150k by next year.
On 7 March 2020, we collaborated with Adventure Race Coromandel and Cure Kids to create a new category - the 8-Hour Cure Kids Adventure Race.
On 17 Feb 2019, Team Theta entered the Absolute Wilderness Adventure Race, with tough terrain in South Island high country.
On 17 March 2018 Team Theta won the 6th Cure Kids Great Adventure Race, took out the IT Cup again, and raised more than $20,000 for Cure Kids.
On 19 March 2016, Team Theta retained the IT cup, placed sixth overall and raised more than $17,000 in our fifth Cure Kids Great Adventure Race.
On 27 March 2015 we competed in the Cure Kids Great Adventure Race for the fourth consecutive year, again winning the IT cup.
In April 2014, we completed our third Cure Kids Adventure Race, retained the IT cup and raised $14,000.
In 2013, we returned to the Cure Kids Great Adventure race. With the help and support of staff, clients, friends and family we raised $13,830 along the way and our Theta team once again starred with a very good third overall.
In 2012, we supported Cure Kids by participating in the Cure Kids Great Adventure Race. We won both the ‘IT cup’ and the ‘Informal’ categories and came second overall, while raising $11,000 for Cure Kids.
Giving back in other ways
Our innovation lab works with a group of MiniDevs from Newlands Intermediate School on Mixiply, a digital portfolio platform.
We also mentor interns from the ICE Student360 programme and introduced our Te Ao Māori scholarship initiative in 2022.
Several staff members enjoy supporting IT-related volunteer work within schools, often in their own time. We're fully behind this, and so we've set aside 20 special leave days per year so that our brightest and best can continue inspiring our next gen of tech professionals.
Te Ao Māori group
Theta's Te Ao Māori group is a team of volunteers who have a keen interest in promoting Māori culture and language at Theta. By building awareness and engaging our staff, the goal is continuous growth and learning across the organisation. For newcomers to New Zealand, this group has been especially well received. We're also lucky enough to receive contributions and guidance from our Te Ao Māori scholarship recipients, and we also engage with community partners for additional support.