Real Life Stories
I have been matched with Baylee for the last four years and it has been a wonderful journey. I can clearly remember the day when we were first introduced to each other – this little red headed girl, wearing a poncho with the cheeky smile. Even in the very early days it was clear that our match worked as we had lots in common.
With three daughters under four – one of them with special needs, Lynn Donald couldn’t keep up. “There wasn’t enough of me to go around.” Guilt over the lack of attention going to her middle daughter haunted her. She reached out to Big Brothers Big Sisters for then 12 year old Sarah. “She needed quality time, an adult outside the family she could talk to. Someone neutral she could confide in.”, says Lynn.
Their mother’s sudden death stranded four Taranaki sisters. At 25 years old, eldest sister Kate was grief stricken and overwhelmed by the task of raising ten year old Jacqui and the three year old twins; Samantha and Felicity. Enter Big Brothers Big Sisters mentor, Helene.
One of the great things about Big Brothers Big Sisters is listening to the stories of those involved in our programme. What starts out as an effort to do well by a struggling child, turns into a surprising adventure for the adult mentor. Craig’s Christchurch rock climbing business, Clip’N Climb, got involved as a way to provide wholesome activities for kids and their mentors. After watching the fun everyone else was having, Craig decided it was time for him to jump in.
When Nelson businessman Sean Thomas met Kieran Davidson six years ago, he hoped to be able to help him, but never expected that his friendship with the 11-year-old would have such an impact on his own life.
Nancy has been matched with her Little Sister Erika for nearly two years now. Nancy is an avid gardener, and has started a small vegie garden for Erika at her home as part of a project that they can do together. Part of this project was growing plants from seeds, and as there were many seedlings left, Nancy offered them to Erika’s Mum.