AWE to mentor Big Brothers Big Sisters programme
One of New Zealand’s biggest oil producer, Australian Worldwide Exploration Limited (AWE), with Taranaki oil venture partner Mitsui, have become the national champion of the highly successful youth mentoring programme, Big Brothers Big Sisters (“BBBS”).
A three-year sponsorship deal, worth $NZ450,000, has guaranteed the programme’s national future, giving countless young people the chance to improve their lives and make the most of opportunities for the future.
The national sponsorship deal compliments the existing local sponsorship arrangement with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Taranaki. AWE and its partners in the Tui oil project have successfully sponsored Big Brothers Big Sisters of Taranaki for two years, and have just confirmed an additional $NZ100, 000 per year for a further three years for the programme.
The new sponsorship arrangements were announced today by AWE’s New Zealand General Manager, Dennis Washer.
Mr Washer said, “AWE’s fundamental aim is to leave any community in which we operate, in better shape for our presence.”
“We believe this programme can benefit young people throughout Taranaki and throughout New Zealand generally, helping both the young people and their families.”
“As operators of the Tui Oil Project, off the Taranaki coast, AWE is committed to the Taranaki community.”
“We will be encouraging our staff and our business partners to get involved in this great youth mentoring project,” Mr Washer said.
Big Brothers Big Sisters is a youth programme, managed in some regions including Taranaki, by NZ Police’s Youth Development section, which enjoys overwhelming positive community recognition.
The program helps young people achieve their full potential through professionally supported one-to-one mentoring with measurable outcomes.
In New Zealand, 13 regions operate BBBS programmes, with over 200 children in current matches. Globally more than 280,000 children in 13 countries have a Big Brother or Big Sister as part of the programme.
Internationally, Forbes magazine voted BBBS among the top ten American charities.
Locally regional success in the BBBS programme was achieved after just one year in Taranaki where the programme has received recognition from the community, regulators, politicians, industry and other support groups
For further information contact
Australian Worldwide Exploration Limited
Genesis House, Lvl 8, 33 Gill Street
PO Box 8156, New Plymouth, New Zealand
Work: 0064 6 759 2173
DDI: 0064 6 757 3716
Cell: 027 249 6900