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Big Buddy inspired to teach after three life-changing years of mentoring

Building Estimator and Big Buddy, Jason Young, has been so inspired by three years of mentoring Little Buddy Raffael, that he’s decided to down tools and start teaching instead. Jason has been clocking on at the ITM building yards for 30 years, and the Christmas-New Year break has been the same most years – traditionally …

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Growing confidence through the spirit of adventure

Through kind sponsorship, Big Buddies occasionally get to develop their own confidence on an Outward Bound course, at a fraction of the cost most people would pay. Recently, Big Buddies Eugene Lowrie and Terry Dawson were lucky enough to take up this offer in The Marlborough Sounds. Terry’s letter of thanks, below, shows us the …

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Join Big Buddy Gav to remember lost WWI soldiers this Sunday

Many will recognise our Big Buddy Gavin Sheehan for his part in our current #3lifelessons poster, Facebook and Instagram campaign. But probably very few will realise the other great work that Gavin is doing in his local community; has been preserving street plaques that commemorate local Auckland men who gave their lives in WWI. This Sunday, you …

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Pete’s wisdom of years perfect for mentoring Sean

Kapiti local and mentor Pete Hobbs, 72, is testament to the more recent wave of thinking that suggests one should put the concept of retirement on the backburner and keep on keeping busy.   Pete works full time as a painter-decorator and spends a few hours each week mentoring 9 year-old Sean Burkhalter. He says …

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