My Dad pointed out to me that I often had a down-turned face. He gently explained that if I kept my face pleasant and the corners of my mouth relaxed or lifted up, I would be treated in a more friendly way by others. He was right! Just a simple tip to make me aware of how I was coming across to others. To encourage me to be more self-aware. I was 8 or 9 years old when he told me this. I’ve never forgotten it. Thanks Dad!
My dad taught me how to fish and hunt. He taught me how to rough it. How to take the family camping. How to enjoy the outdoors.
Losing my father at 9 caused a recognition of an absence felt always. My mother gave me a picture of a hard working ambitious man and sensibly brought an uncle into the picture at a crucial time when I was bent on leaving school too early. My father’s legacy for me was his achievements in a short life through ambition and work – a belief that I could do the same.
Two incredible homes will go under the hammer with all proceeds going to Big Buddy to further support their reach in the community and matching big buddies with boys in New Zealand.
This modern, 4 bedroom house features new James Hardie Linea Oblique cladding, providing a durable, low maintenance sense of style. With spacious lounge, dining and a separate family room, alongside the generous master bedroom featuring ensuite and walk in wardrobe, this house is an ideal space for families to relax. For when you’re not relaxing, the kitchen boasts an island bench and butlers pantry to ensure flexibility when entertaining on the large outside decking area.
A low maintenance, two storey brick and weatherboard home offering 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. The double garage, flexible landing/study area and master bedroom with ensuite and walk in wardrobe mean that families can be well catered for. The prime corner section also helps set this unique house apart from its neighbours, a beautiful example of modern family construction.
What Mums tell us about raising boys alone is that despite their best efforts at doing ‘boy’ stuff’, something is still missing. They see a hunger in their boys – a need for recognition from a man. We believe these instincts are right. They need a good male role model to guide them into manhood.
The other way to help Big Buddy is to donate. Only 9% of our funding comes from Government, so we rely on the generosity of funders, sponsors and donors to support our work. The more funding the we get, the more matches we make and that’s always our goal. If you can help – or know someone who can – please Donate.
We aim to enrich fatherless boys’ lives – one visit at a time. To do this, we need good men to step up as mentors. Would you consider becoming a Big Buddy? You’d get to do fun things like kicking a ball round a park, walking on the beach or fishing – maybe just listening to a boy talk. You’d make a real difference to one boy’s life.