Ariana Carswell

Chuffed to Bits!

It’s always nice to hear from our former Little Buddies about how life has turned out for them. We recently spoke with Alex Howard who jointly founded Chuffed Gifts two years ago after being made redundant during Covid. He kindly helped us out with prizes for our first Big Buddy Online Quiz hosted by new …

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An Ecozip Adventure!

We are so excited to get back into events again – kicking off with three  Ecozip days out! Our Mentoring Manager Mark Sanders has filed this lovely report of some of the highlights of the most recent trip to share with the rest of our Big Buddy community. Our day started with a few anxious checks of …

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Chemist Warehouse and Super Rugby Partners come together to raise over $135k for Kiwi Charities

New Zealand’s fastest-growing pharmacy group Chemist Warehouse have raised $140,000 in just one month for a host of deserving charities.  With the support of its suppliers and customers, Chemist Warehouse partnered with the Chiefs, Hurricanes, Highlanders, Crusaders and Blues in the fundraising drive during May. The campaign was run across all 35 Chemist Warehouse stores as …

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Meet the Fantail

Our amazing Big Buddy Chairman of the Trust Travis Field has been a member of our board for 11 years. We thought you would like to learn a bit more about him. In addition to chairing Big Buddy, Travis leads a busy life running his popular neighbourhood bar and eatery Fantail and Turtle at Smales …

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Finding Your Person

Happy Mother’s Day to all our mothers! This week we celebrate the wonderful mums, caregivers, grandmothers and mother figures in our community.  As we lead up to Mother’s Day, it’s important to recognise the hard work that mums do. We also take our hats off to the women that sign their boys up to have a …

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Spreading Good Karma

Big Buddy Tony Lennon has a very busy life. He is a dad to two boys, runs an IT System Integration company and 12 months ago became a wedding celebrant. Generously, Tony uses the aptly named Good Karma Wedding guy to support Big Buddy.​ “I absolutely love the experience of being a celebrant – for …

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All About the Kicks

Since being matched in 2020, Little Buddy Maze and Big Buddy Paul have been busy filling their weekends with a wide variety of activities together. Their shared love of soccer grew into a team commitment with Paul becoming assistant coach for Maze’s side. His involvement didn’t stop there either, with Paul also volunteering as a …

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Time for an adventure!

We love sharing exciting summer activities! Little Buddy Luca had a fantastic birthday at Tree Adventures in Woodhill Forrest recently with his Big Buddy Martin. Turning 9, Luca was able to do six courses after his safety briefing and he and Martin left exhilarated after three hours on the course after well and truly shaking …

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