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Kia ora koutou,

Nga mihi o te tau hou Maori!
Happy Maori new year!

Welcome to this month's Dingle Foundation update.

This month we're focussing on the amazing young people we work with by profiling two very impressive young wahine who have been through our programmes. We also acknowledge a long term sponsor and announce how many young people we've worked with over our 25 year tenure.

Thank you for your continuous support - without you on our side, the work we do would not be possible.

Nga mihi nui, 
the Graeme Dingle Foundation. 




We hit a major milestone recently with 275,000 children and young people having gone through one of our programmes since we were first established in 1995! It's a figure we're extremely proud of and we can't wait to work with and help even more young people across Aotearoa.

A big thank you to all of you, our supporters, who make it possible. Together we're showing Kiwi kids what they have inside is greater than any obstacle!




Jess Collins - Prime Minister's Exemplar Award Winner


We are extremely proud and pleased to announce that our very own Graeme Dingle Foundation Bay of Plenty Project K alumni Jess Collins received the Prime Minister’s Exemplar Award last week at the Ministry of Youth Development Youth Awards. This award recognises a young person who has overcome adversity to succeed both personally and in their contributions to their community.

Receiving this award, Jess was celebrated for her outstanding character and resilience, and as an inspiration to her peers; Jess is passionate about supporting M?ori mental health and preventing suicide within her community. As a young person, she experienced adversity and challenging conditions. She was selected for Project K in 2012 and fully embraced the opportunity to grow and learn new skills. 

We are all very proud of Jess and feel it’s a true reflection of the impact the Graeme Dingle Foundation can have for New Zealand’s young people.

You can read more about this amazing wahine toa here






Sponsor Profile - Genesis Energy

A huge thank you to the amazing team at Genesis Energy who have been supporting the Graeme Dingle Foundation Waikato for nine years. Without their support we would not have been able to transform lives of many young people across the Waikato region. They've always gone above and beyond for us and have been engaged since the very beginning. Thank you Genesis Energy for helping us make a difference in Waikato - your support is greatly appreciated. 




Sharonika's Story

Sharonika Prasad used to be scared, of life, of opportunity. She lacked self-confidence. ‘‘I had a negative mind set in which I had beliefs that I would never be successful at anything, with a very low self-esteem. I made excuses because I had no motivation and little confidence and I let life pass me by even if it was a wonderful opportunity because I was so afraid of the unknown.’’ Not anymore. Prasad, 18, and the youngest in a family of five, is now working as a caregiver while studying a foundation course at NZMA for occupational therapy, the first in her family to go to university and has realised she ‘‘could do anything’’. The South Auckland Project K alumni has found her potential with the help of our Foundation.

Check out Sharonika's amazing story here.




Project K Update

Three Project K schools are currently out on their wilderness adventures braving the winter cold.

The schools involved are Kelston Girls College, Northcote College and Waitakere College and the activities they're taking part in include; tramping, water activities and a solo camping night.

We'd like to wish them all the best on their adventures.










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