Big Buddy works on the simple philosophy that fatherless boys develop more courage and confidence in their lives when they have a positive male role model to learn from.

Welcome to Big Buddy

Big Buddy is a preventative program that finds kind-hearted mentors for fatherless boys between 7 and 14 years of age.  It is a free, secular service that rigorously screens male volunteers from the community then matches them with boys who benefit greatly from just a little of their time.

Find a mentor

Are you mothering or caring for a fatherless boy between 7 and 14 years of age? When fathers are missing from boy's lives, women usually take the full responsibility of bringing sons up alone.  They do a courageous job, but boys benefit greatly from time with a man of good character who can actually 'model' maleness.

Become a mentor

Big Buddy has been matching mentors with fatherless boys since the idea began in 1997. Dedicating as little as 2-3 hours a week for at least a year has a huge impact on their confidence, well-being and ability to make good decisions. You could be one of over 800 men making a difference to boys' lives today.

Become a supporter

Big Buddy is incredibly grateful to all the people and businesses who support us in bettering fatherless boys' lives. If you'd like to support this incredibly worthy cause there are many ways to do it. You can become a donor, a sponsor, leave a bequest or simply spread the word to help us find mentors and funders.

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“My son has a Big Buddy and I couldn't speak more highly of this organisation. They are making real differences in the lives of so many young boys. I adore the happiness and confidence that our Big Buddy brings to my son. Definitely worth the reward if you are someone who can give a few hours a week to make a massive difference in some boy’s life.”


Why mentoring matters

Get involved in a Partner Project

Twice a year the Big Buddy community is the benefactor of Barworks' vibrant Long Lunch events. Ticket holders enjoy five sumptuous courses, each matched with wine or beer. Barworks is a hospitality group comprised of a range of individual venues like Auckland's Sweat Shop Brew Kitchen in Freemans Bay, Lula Inn at the Viaduct, and Regatta Bar and Eatery in Takapuna.

We're delighted to announce that our September 7 event at Regatta Bar and Eatery raised $31,000 to help us reach more fatherless boys. On July 5, guests at the Sweat Shop event provided us with an amazing $30,000 worth of philanthropy.  Through the generosity of everyone present, we can get closer to our goal of mentoring thousands of boys-without-dads in Auckland, Waikato and Wellington regions.

Pictured are from left, Big Buddy Trustee Mark Talbot, Regatta Bar owner Andy Ruzich, Big Buddy Chair Travis Field, Big Buddy CEO Paul Burns and guest speaker & sporting icon, Ian Jones. Read more about all our amazing partners here. 

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