Big Buddy is a charitable organisation matching young fatherless boys with adult male mentors. Since gaining official status as a charity in 2003, they have matched close to 800 boys with mentors. Over 500 of these are long-term matches, meaning they last more than a year. Many in the Big Buddy community say these bonds last a lifetime.
Big Buddy began teaming up with ITM when the Big Buddy Big Auction project began in 2016. The charitable house-build project was an open-ended collaboration between GJ Gardner Homes and ITM, as well as a host of trade and material suppliers that generously came and aboard when called. The sale of those houses netted Big Buddy over $300,000 to run a service that finds good-hearted male mentors for boys without dads in their lives. In just a few hours each weekend boys grow in confidence and mums say they as “smile more!” The programme runs in Auckland, Wellington and Waikato and is always grateful to anyone who donates or steps up for the next generation through mentoring.
Eugene and James (Little Buddy), winners of a Big Buddy treasure hunt car rally
Big Buddy signs fatherless boys up to their mentoring programme between 7 and 14 years of age, and many Big and Little Buddies stay friends for a lifetime. This means they need plenty to do for a few hours each weekend. What better way to spend a day together than a free pass to the motorsport at Pukekohe or Hampton Downs? While Big Buddy prides itself on a programme that brings out confidence and happiness in our boys, they’re equally thrilled to see the men that give up their time with big smiles on their faces. These exciting experiences create great memories and ITM is pleased to offer the chance to Big Buddy several times a year.
Chris & Bailey at Hampton Downs
Colin and Nic (Little Buddy) at Pukekohe