Business & Big Buddy
Big Buddy has had the pleasure of working with a range of philanthropically-minded businesses over the years – too many to mention here. But in 2015, we began some significant partnerships with business sponsors and we’ve seen some amazing outcomes as a result of these relationships.
GJ Gardner Homes and ITM worked together on the Big Buddy Big Auction project; the proceeds from two homes meant we opened a third office in the Waikato in 2016. Joylab (then Barworks) and DB also teamed up to give us a series of fundraising corporate-focused Long Lunches.
Partnering with business is an enriching and rewarding process for both parties. If your business or organisation could be join us in bettering the lives of fatherless boys please email our Partnership Manager, Lettie Bright.
GJ Gardner Homes
Working with our Principal Partner
GJ Gardner Homes is New Zealand's most popular home builder and one we are very privileged to be associated with. In 2016 Big Buddy became one of GJ Gardner's charities of choice, along with Ronald McDonald House, Westpac Rescue Helicopter and other worthy causes they support.
Having already celebrated building 10,000 homes in 2014, Head Franchisees Grant and Ellie Porteous set the wheels in motion for two more homes to be charitably built and auctioned for Big Buddy in 2017. Pictured at the Hamilton auction are, from left, BB Chair Travis Field, BB Foundation members Roger Moses and Grant Fox, BB CEO Paul Burns with Hamilton GJ franchisee Jeff de Leeuw. Ellie Porteous stands between the new home buyer and the auctioneer.
This project enabled our growth into the Waikato - please read more about their benefaction on our Partner Projects page.
Working with our major partner
ITM initially came on board as a result of our developing relationship with our Principal Partner, GJ Gardner Homes in 2016. Today, this 90-store nationwide cooperative continues to support us well beyond the Big Buddy Big Auction project.
Through them, we have support from the ITM Fishing Show's star Matt Watson, assistance from their creative agency, Just One, and regular coverage at the Motorsport events they sponsor. Pictured are Hamilton Big and Little Buddies, Colin and Nic.
ITM also recently hosted us along with fishing industry charity, Legasea, on their gold-standard Field Days stand. To check out how ITM is currently working with us, visit our Partner Projects page.