Media Releases

Media Releases

There are few better ways for a charity to gain public awareness than being in the media. To do this, we tell the media our stories on a regular basis, in the form of media releases. We've picked out a selection of them below. Please feel free to share them with friends, family, colleagues and the community!

We’re on the hunt for a new place to call home!

06 Aug 2021

Big Buddy Mentoring Trust – Auckland Head Office Big Buddy is a registered charity that exists to make a positive difference for 7 – 14 year old boys who don’t have their dads in their lives. Courageous, brave mums and caregivers bring their precious boys to us to help fill […]

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Still time to help a boy without a dad – even while running Vodafone Warriors

07 May 2020

To most people, Dave Curran would have his hands pretty full heading the operations and finances for The Vodafone Warriors, and being a husband and a father to three school-age children. But driving along one day mid 2019, he heard an ad on the radio that awoke a long held […]

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Wellington 30-somethings make great Big Buddies!

21 Nov 2019

Anyone who saw some of our youngest Auckland Big Buddies on TV3’s The Project in September will know that younger men are stepping up to make a big difference in the lives of boys who don’t have a dad around. These men are at the lower end of the Millennial […]

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The force forms solid foundation for mentoring

30 Oct 2018

Ken Turner may have left the police force to study engineering like so many other men in his family, but he still fosters a strong care of duty towards others. Ken is now a Big Buddy mentor to 11-year-old ‘fatherless’ Wellington boy, Ollie. The impetus came when the ex-sergeant moved […]

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Pete’s wisdom of years perfect for mentoring Sean

20 Sep 2018

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 […]

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From teaching men’s anger management to finding mentors for boys

05 Sep 2018

While finding kind-hearted male mentors to improve the lives of boys whose fathers are not around is a beautifully simple proposition, staffing and operating such a charity in Auckland, Wellington and Waikato requires a great deal of thought and coordination. South and East Auckland is no exception – areas that […]

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Businesses help boy develop resilience and independence

07 Jun 2018

This May, Waikato boy Morgan Glover was sponsored by Go Rentals and Barworks to attend Outward Bound for a week. The 14 year-old Little Buddy trained hard to get match-fit for a course that is known to develop the very things that Big Buddies look to bring out in these […]

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Big Buddy welcomes partnership model

28 Feb 2018

A charity that finds good-hearted mentors to enhance the lives of 7-14-year-old fatherless boys is realising staff and expansion plans at an accelerated rate, thanks to a new business relationship model. Big Buddy has always received far more requests to find Big Buddies than there are available men. But the […]

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One year anniversary for first Hamilton Buddies

05 Nov 2017

Little Buddy Nicholas Perano and his Big Buddy, Colin Malcolm, haven’t even been matched for a year, but mum Penny Perano says she’s seeing positive, tangible differences in her ten-year-old already. Eleven months ago, the first Hamilton Buddy pair began spending Sunday mornings together. Colin says they’ve been doing anything […]

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Call for mentors in the Capital

05 Aug 2017

A national organisation that finds mentors for fatherless boys says that after 20 years in the business, they’re still looking for men with a kind heart rather than a saintly disposition. The message is vital for an increasingly busy Big Buddy, a charity that has just added a Hamilton post […]

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