$100,000 raised for Big Buddy programme

The sale of a G.J. Gardner Home in Pukekohe is expected to raise over $100,000 for the mentoring program Big Buddy.

Jeremiah and Peter

The sale of a G.J. Gardner Home in Pukekohe is expected to raise over $100,000 for the mentoring program Big Buddy.

Big Buddy, a New Zealand organisation that partners fatherless boys with a positive male role model, hopes to expand to more regions across the country. But with only 9% of funding coming from the Government, they rely on the generosity of funders, sponsors, and donations. The more funding they get, the more matches they can make.
The Pukekohe property in Valley Road, is one of two properties G.J. Gardner Homes has built in conjunction with an array of sponsors, including ITM and Huntly Joinery, to raise funds for the charity.  Barfoot and Thompson in Pukekohe marketed the Pukekohe property pro bono.
Peter Lauina from South Auckland became a Big Buddy after his wife encouraged him to do something about the societal issues that he talked about changing.
He became Buddy to then nine year old Jeremiah Filipino. “In that first six months I felt a lot of pressure on having some sort of event to take him to. But I was really grateful for the periodic Big Buddy get-togethers where I learnt from other Buddies, that sometimes they had the best time just sitting talking rubbish under a tree for hours,” said Peter.
Jeremiah who is now 14, adds, “The kind of Big Buddy I think boys want, is someone that they would like to be like, someone they can look up to as a person. Someone who is a good influence on them.”
“If I could say something to those men I would say, ‘imagine the difference you could make by just being there. You could dramatically change the course of a boy’s life, steer him away from crime by just being a role model’.”
The G.J. Gardner Home Pukekohe property is currently under contract.  It must be a great feeling for the buyer knowing that the gains the seller is making, are going to such a worthy cause.
Big Buddy is currently extending into the Franklin area and would love to find some wonderful Big Buddies to mentor fatherless boys.
Big Buddy is currently extending into the Franklin area and would love to find some wonderful Big Buddys to mentor fatherless boys. To find out more about becoming a Big Buddy, or to donate, head to www.bigbuddy.org.nz.

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