News And Events
Conquering Everest? Well, virtually at least!
A team of staff, board members and mentors from the Christchurch programme are climbing the 8,800m Mt Everest virtually on the
walls of Clip’n’Climb (http://clipnclimb.co.nz) on November 7 as part of The Big Climb fundraiser.
Matthew Button, the Manager of Big Brothers Big Sisters in Christchurch says,
“There are kids in our community who find every day an upward climb. Big Brothers Big Sisters mentors are a bit like sherpas, guiding our young people over the rocky terrain, showing them alternative Read the rest of this entry »
|Your Dad already has enough ties and tools. While we’re sure you already have that new gift picked out for him, how about honouring him by helping us find a positive male role model for a child who doesn’t have one?|
With the office desks, chairs and filing cabinets still inside a mover’s container somewhere in transit, National Director, Dave Marshall, has moved to Wellington and the National Office of Big Brothers Big Sisters is now based in the capital city.
Permanent office space is yet to be secured but it is an exciting milestone to have taken our organisation to the capital. Read the rest of this entry »
Pauline Ferguson, Coordinator of the Manawatu programme is the third key leader in Big Brothers Big Sisters to receive a Paul Harris Fellowship award. Joe Currie former Board chair of the Nelson branch, Dave Marshall the National Director, and now Pauline have all been recognised with Rotary’s highest award.
To read about the strong history between Rotary and Big Brothers Big Sisters in New Zealand click here.
Read more about Pauline’s award from the following story:
11 matches are under way - more being added each week.
Read all about the Auckland branch in the new Auckland pages section of the website.
Check out the Auckland Pages here.
Stephen Hannen knows better than most how important it is to have people in your life who can help in tough times. In April 1995, Stephen was one of 18 people standing on the Cave Creek viewing platform that gave way, and saw them plunge 30 metres into a chasm on the West Coast. 14 people died; 13 of his outdoor recreation classmates from Tai Poutini Polytechnic and a Conservation Department field centre manager. There were only 4 survivors. Stephen, who was 19 years old, was paralysed and spent a year at Burwood Hospital in Christchurch. Now Stephen’s a mentor with Big Brothers, Big Sisters.
Click the play button below to listen to Jim Mora from Radio NZ talking to Stephen about his role as Big Brother to Jayden.
Stephen Hannen survived the Cave Creek disaster; now he is a tower of strength for a vulnerable youth.
Hannen visits Jayden, his `little brother’, for an hour each week at Central New Brighton School as part of a new in-school mentoring scheme.
Hannen met Jayden through his volunteer work with the Rock Solid programme.
The pair were matched for the mentoring programme, which began about two months ago, by the Big Brothers Big Sisters charity.
Jayden, 12, likes the time he spends with Hannen.
He comes from a single-parent family and would not otherwise get quality time with a strong male influence.
“We just play games, talk, shoot hoops or throw a ball around,” he said.
Hannen has a better understanding than most of the challenges and stresses young people can face. Read the rest of this entry »